A Florida doctor facing multiple counts of health care fraud involving Medicare was indicted on April 14 in federal court. The doctor was previously charged with corruption along with a New Jersey senator. In that case, after pleading not guilty, the doctor was released after posting a $1.5 million bond.
On April 9, Florida authorities reported that 42 people were accused of being involved in an identity theft-fraud scheme. It was believed that most of the alleged attempts involved the Internal Revenue Service, though it also appeared that thousands of identities had been stolen in order to obtain unemployment insurance. It was not reported what the charges filed against these particular individuals were.
Football fans in Florida probably remember Will Allen for the time he spent as a cornerback with the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins, but the former first round draft pick made news of a different kind on April 6. A complaint filed in a Boston court by the Securities and Exchange Commission accuses the former football player of being involved in a $31 million Ponzi scheme between 2012 and 2015.
According to court documents, a former Florida preacher and his partner are being sued for allegedly stealing $2 million of investor's funds while blaming their loss on the bankruptcy of Peregrine Financial Group. Reportedly, the preacher solicited funds from members of his congregation as well as others, claiming he and his partner were successful with investing and trading in commodities.
A Florida man is involved in the Justice Department indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez as the DOJ alleges charges against both men that include conspiracy, bribery, making false statements and honest services fraud. The 61-year-old West Palm Beach man reportedly gave nearly $1 million worth of contributions and gifts to Menendez in exchange for the power of the senator's office, and the senator was formally indicted in the District of New Jersey on April 1.
Two Florida residents were taken into custody in March after a multi-agency investigation into a 2012 two-vehicle accident. The man and woman are accused of staging the accident in order to collect on the personal injury protection provisions of an auto insurance policy. The charges carry a maximum custodial sentence of 25 years. The investigation was conducted by personnel with the Florida Department of Financial Services, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the Broward County Sheriff's Office and the F.B.I.
A federal grand jury indicted a former Premier Community Bank of the Emerald Coast president in late October. On Mar. 13, the man pleaded guilty to federal money laundering, conspiracy to commit bank and mail fraud, fraudulently benefiting from a loan by a federally insured institution and making false statements to a federally insured institution. The court will sentence him on May 28 for these charges.
On Sept. 11, 2014, a 39-year-old woman and her 32-year-old friend, both from Jacksonville, were taken into custody and charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and access device fraud. Their case had been under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.
According to a spokesperson with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the South District of Florida, 14 Miami-Dade residents have been charged and detained with various offenses relating to alleged health care fraud. The spokesperson stated the fraud resulted in $13.9 million in losses through fraudulently claimed payments.
In Florida, mass marketing fraud may refer to any type of activity that makes use of mass communication techniques as part of an attempt to defraud individuals. Often, the media employed is the same as is used for mass marketing of products and services. Use of mass mailings, telemarketing systems or the internet are often alleged in mass marketing fraud cases.