Insurance Fraud NEWS
Alleged ringleader of $42.7M Florida med scam still at large
February 11, 2019, Miami, FL
The Florida Department of Financial Services is asking for help in locating two alleged scam artists still at large after a recent $42.7 million insurance fraud bust announced in Fort Myers last week.
Jorge Valido, a former Miami doctor and reported ringleader in the fraud scheme is still at large, along with his sister Minerva Valido, an alleged associate in the scheme.
Ten other people were charged as part of an alleged fraud ring that worked out of several clinics in Fort Myers, Tampa, Lake Worth, Boca Raton and Miami.
Jorge Valido, who was previously indicted for health care fraud, and his associates are accused of stealing doctors' identities, illegally obtaining insurance information and billed $42,742,852 in fraudulent medical services.
"We need your help — these criminals are on the run and we need you to help apprehend them," Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said. "Call my detectives with tips so we can get them off of the streets and put them in jail where they belong.”
Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Bureau of Insurance Fraud, Fort Myers field office at 239-278-7527 or the Fraud Hotline at 800-378-0445.