Medical clinic employees arrested in fraud investigation - FOX 13 News

Medical clinic employees arrested in fraud investigation

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The Heisha Medical and Therapy Center sits in a non-descript building on North Habana not far from St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

It shares a building with other medical offices, but investigators say what they practiced behind their doors was fraud, not medicine.

"This investigation started late July, early August. We received a tip that this clinic was filing fraudulent claims and possibly setting up and coordinating these fake crashes," said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Cristal Bermudez Nunez.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says they sent two undercover officers in to check them out.

"Two of our undercover detectives came to the clinic and received, filled out all the paperwork, and received massages, received treatment as if they had been in an accident," said Bermudez Nunez.

They say the detectives would receive compensation for filing false claims.

And that's not all: Investigators say the undercover officers even witnessed a fake crash set up by employees of the clinic.

They are collisions that could pay big dividends.

"If you get three jump-ins in a staged accident, or four, you're talking $40,000 easy, just out of one vehicle," said Jorge Santa Maria of Infinity Insurance.

Friday, deputies arrested officer manager Reiner Prieto Santurio, coordinator Jesus Fernandez, legal assistant Ana Belen Valdes and Jose Victores Ruiz. They say the four suspects participated in defrauding insurance companies.

Santa Maria is an investigator with Infinity Insurance, he says fraud like the one this group is accused of costs us all.

"There are quite a few out there, and we know that because of the costs of the premiums that we all pay. And the only way we can reduce that is to have an impact with the fraud problem," Santa Maria said.

Heisha Medical was closed for business Friday. Investigators say they hope to shutter many more companies suspected of fraudulent activity before they're done.

"We can't let this fall by the wayside, this is only one example of many others that exist in our community," Santa Maria said.

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