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CFO Jeff Atwater announces sentencing of Tampa clinic owner for insurance fraud

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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced Tuesday that Dailin Rojas Perez has entered a plea agreement because of her involvement in a major insurance fraud scheme at a Tampa accident clinic, according to Communications Director Chris Cate.

Rojas Perez, 30, of Tampa has been sentenced to 24 months house arrest. As a condition of her house arrest, Rojas Perez is also required to pay $350,000 in restitution to the victim insurance carriers and nearly $40,000 in investigative costs.

Rojas Perez, and massage therapist Devin Sweet, 27, were charged in September for their involvement in a major insurance fraud scheme at a Tampa accident clinic. Rojas Perez was originally charged with racketeering and money laundering involving more than $340,000 in fraudulent proceeds. Sweet was charged with insurance fraud for his role in falsifying treatment records at Medical Therapy Practitioners, a clinic that operated from 2009 - 2011.

Medical Therapy Practitioners fraudulently obtained an exemption from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) when chiropractor Anthony Esposito claimed to be the 100% owner when he was not. This allowed Medical Therapy Practitioners to operate unlawfully. Esposito told investigators that he was recruited to be the straw owner of the clinic by Daysi Rojas, sister of Dailin.

An investigation by the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud found that Rojas Perez’s company, Today’s Medical Marketing, LLC worked with Medical Therapy Practitioners to fraudulently bill insurance carriers. The fraudulent charges included services not rendered, services procured as a result of staged automobile crashes, services for patients who had no injuries and services not compensable because the business license was obtained fraudulently.

“I am proud of our investigators for bringing this fraudster to justice,” CFO Jeff Atwater stated in a prepared release. “We will not tolerate anyone who commits insurance fraud and causes the rates of hard-working Floridians to increase.”

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government; reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses; and providing transparency and accountability in spending.

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