UAIC helps bust up PIP fraud operation in Tampa

Congratulations to our UAIC investigators for the work they did with other firms and Florida’s Department of Insurance Fraud in arresting a Tampa medical clinic owner and a massage therapist on charges that they committed Personal Injury Insurance (PIP) fraud.

UAIC joined with the Department of Insurance Fraud, National Insurance Crime Bureau, USAA Insurance and Equity Insurance to investigate American Relax Center, its owner Luis Consuegra Borges, 38, and therapist Solianid Rivera Lopresto, 32.

DIF detectives obtained information that Borges and Lopresto were paying people to lie about receiving treatment. Undercover detectives witnessed false PIP-related claims being signed at Lopresto’s direction. The bills were then sent to insurance companies.

“This is a perfect example of the blatant fraud schemes that operate in our streets every day, driving insurance premiums up for all Floridians,” Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said in a statement. “We must continue to fight these fraud artists and put them behind bars.”

If Borges and Lopresto are convicted of the charges, they each face up to 10 years in prison.

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