The Florida Department of Financial Services announced on Friday that five Orlando, Florida, residents were arrested for suspected insurance fraud. The fraud case involved a staged automobile accident, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Two of the five people are accused of soliciting three people to stage an Orlando vehicle accident.
They promised to pay them a $1,000 each for seeking treatment for their supposed injuries at Silver Hills Injury Care, Inc., and filing medical claims.
Fraudulent insurance claims were then submitted to Progressive, GEICO, Allstate, and State Farm Insurance companies.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said in a prepared news statement, “This is the type of scheme that is costing honest Floridians millions of dollars through skyrocketing auto insurance premiums. During these challenging economic times, Florida families cannot afford to spend one more dime on increased insurance costs. It is my mission to stamp out auto insurance fraud and to ensure these cheats who are making money off the backs of Florida drivers serve real time.”
The five suspects face up to twelve years in prison.
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