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For Immediate Release:
May 18, 2017
Contact: Ashley Carr
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MIAMI, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today
announced 14 arrests following a year-long investigation
led by insurance fraud investigators with the Department
of Financial Services. Investigators uncovered an alleged
fraud scheme in which an assisted living facility (ALF) in
Miami intentionally misrepresented its business
activities in an attempt to obtain an inadequate but
cheaper insurance policy. When an insurance policy is
knowingly secured under false pretenses, the insurance
carrier oftentimes reserves the right to deny claims for
loss or injury.
Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens), the
company’s insurance carrier, first discovered the fraud
following the filing of a claim for a broken pipe in 2014.
During the processing of the claim, Citizens suspected
that the ALF had intentionally misrepresented its
business activities in an attempt to secure a cheaper,
residential insurance policy rather than the required
commercial policy. Citizens referred their findings to the
Department’s Bureau of Insurance Fraud.
The case ultimately initiated a larger series of
investigations that took place between June 2016 and
May 2017 which identified a trend of misrepresentation
taking place within the ALF industry. The Department,
with support from Citizens and the National Insurance
Crime Bureau, identified a total of 14 ALF operators in
Miami-Dade County who allegedly defrauded their
insurance carrier.
Those arrested include:
• Jose Perez - Living Well, 21280 Old Cutler Rd. Miami,
Fla. 33189 FL. 33032
• Aida Salguiro - Amor Y Esperanza Home Care, 3224
West 14 Avenue, Hialeah Fla. 33012
• Gilberto Peralta - Angel's Home, 7935 SW 146th CT
Miami, Fla. 33183
• Thelma Waite-Blake - B & B Home Care Service, 20625
SW 114th Place Miami, Fla. 33189
• Idalberto Brito - Brito Home Corp., 7361 Pine Valley Dr.
Miami, Fla. 33015
• Odalys Amaro & Eduardo Rodriguez - Loving Hands
ALF, 2291 SW 100 Ave., Miami, Fla. 33165
• Anna Kaplan - Flamingo Care LLC, 1270 NE 174Th St, N
Miami Beach, Fla. 33162
• Teresita Leon - Teresita Home Care, Inc., 4840 SW 89Th
PL, Miami, Fla. 33165
• Guillermo Jesus Mendez - La Casita Nuestra Home II,
14909 SW 22nd Street, Miami, Fla. 33185
• Barbara Plaza - Cornell ALF, 581-583 Central Blvd,
Miami, Fla. 33144
• Jorge Pulido - La Casita Nuestra Home II, 14909 SW
22nd Street, Miami, Fla. 33185
• Leonel Burmudez - Bermudez Senior Care, 5301 SW 162
Place, Miami, Fla. 33185
Additionally, investigators arrested an insurance agent,
Alina Fernandez, after she was found to have forged
another insurance agent’s name on two fraudulent ALF
insurance applications for Jorge Pulido. She was also
found to have been acting without the proper license.
Fernandez was transported to Turner Guilford Knight
Correctional Facility and was charged with acting as an
unlicensed agent, ID fraud, and organized fraud. The
Department’s insurance licensing unit has revoked her
license and banned her from working in the insurance
industry.
The remaining 13 subjects arrested were transported to
Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Facility and have
been charged with one count of application fraud, a
third-degree felony. These cases will be prosecuted by
the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office and if convicted,
those arrested face up to 5 years in prison.
ALF’s are long-term care residences that offer various
services such as health and medicine management,
transportation and meal services in an effort to support
seniors and developmentally or physically disabled
members of our local communities.
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Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff
Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the
Department of Financial Services, serves as Florida’s
State Fire Marshal, and is a member of the Florida
Cabinet. 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.