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Patronis CFO Announces Arrest of Tampa Clinic Owner in $970,000 Staged Auto Accident Scheme – InsuranceNewsNet


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TAMPA, Fla., July 7 — The Florida Department of Financial Services issued the following press release:

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Angela Ippolito Duncan, owner of Ybor Medical Center for allegedly planning and participating in staged car crashes to submit more than $970,000 in bogus insurance claims. car insurance.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said: “The scammers work every day to jack up your insurance premiums to line their own pockets. Luckily my fraud detectives are one step ahead of these schemes and have managed to put end to this web of accidental frauds. like this are not only expensive, but they are also dangerous, endangering innocent motorists on the roads of Florida. I want to thank my fraud detectives, the NICB and the office of the Hillsborough County State’s Attorney for their support in this case and their work to bring this fraudster to justice.”

A joint investigation by the Investigative and Forensic Services Division of CFO Patronis, the Tampa office of the Bureau of Insurance Fraud, the Hillsborough County State’s Attorney’s Office, Nationwide Insurance and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) alleged that Angela Ippolito Duncan, owner and operator of Ybor Medical Center, conducted and participated in staged car accidents for the purpose of submitting fraudulent insurance claims. The investigation revealed that Duncan recruited an undercover detective to assist in an intentional traffic accident, provided the passengers with vehicles, and directed all participants for treatment at Ybor Medical Center. Duncan reportedly provided the location for which the intentional traffic accident would occur and was adamant that it was near Ybor Medical Center. After the deliberate traffic accident happened, she reportedly explained to the participants what to tell the insurance company and made them sign about 30 blank medical forms for treatment that never happened. As a result, Ybor Medical Center was responsible for billing over $970,000 in fraudulent insurance claims.

Angela Ippolito Duncan was sentenced to Hillsborough County Jail for racketeering, planning, participating in and organizing an intentional traffic accident and 45 counts of false and fraudulent insurance claim. If convicted on all counts, Duncan faces up to 30 years in prison. This case will be prosecuted by the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office.

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