Florida law enforcement officers arrested 17 people and are seeking another eight individuals on fraud-related charges in “Operation Dark Horizon,” the largest car insurance fraud bust in the state so far this year. The 25 people charged, including a clinic owner, doctors, clinic employees and staged accident recruiters, are accused of participating in schemes to bilk insurance companies through fraudulent personal injury protection (PIP) claims. Together they face 142 various charges, including racketeering, staging an accident, insurance fraud, grand theft and organized scheme to defraud. According to the NICB, Florida has three of the top five cities nationally for questionable medical claims associated with staged accidents—Tampa, Miami and Orlando.
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