CURRENT NEWS---------Now confirmed by the mainstream media by way of an article just published by The Broward Sun Sentinel, It’s been confirmed that Broward Circuit Judge John Contini has in fact resigned effective today, July 07, 2018, at 5:00 pm.-------Broward County Circuit Court judge Dennis D. Bailey, was caught on a “Hot Mic” making a racial statement about a black defendant that appeared before him , presiding over Broward’s First Appearance-Bond Court, Saturday June 02.---Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Avoids Meeting with Broward Judges->>>>>>>Why did the chief judge cancel?- “An implied warning for judicial “leakers” to a blog that only wants to make them look bad, and a confirmation that the Chief Justice cancelled his trip to avoid a circus after the announcement appeared on the blog.”>>>>> Chief Administrative Judge Jack Tuter said Saturday that he is telling Circuit Court Judge Merrilee Ehrlich not to return to the courthouse because of how she treated Sandra Twiggs.>>>>>Howard Finkelstein: Judge Lazarus Should Be Removed From Hearing All Future Criminal Matters-This is an update of a story we did last week about Broward County Judge Joel T. Lazarus, and the statements he made while presiding over First Appearance/Bond Court, on Friday, January 19th. Apparently it got the attention of the Broward County Public Defender, Howard Finkelstein.------Broward County judge Joel Lazarus, was caught on a “Hot Mic” fifteen minutes before he presided over Friday’s morning session of magistrate, or first appearance/bond court, stating to prosecutors: “I double the bonds, for those that take place in my neighborhood”.------------>>>>No more excuses. Now you can Register to Vote Online in Florida. TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA– Register to Vote Online-The Florida Department of State today announced the upcoming launch of RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov, the state’s new online voter registration website that offers Florida residents another way to register to vote or update an existing registration that is convenient, secure and easy-to-use.>>>>>>--Read his story here------------

TEN ARRESTED IN PATIENT BROKERING SCHEME

 

TEN ARRESTED IN PATIENT BROKERING SCHEME

TEN ARRESTED IN PATIENT BROKERING SCHEME-Earlier this month, five South Florida attorneys and five of their accomplices were arrested in a patient brokering scheme that earned them more than half a million dollars in profits.

TEN ARRESTED IN PATIENT BROKERING SCHEME
TEN ARRESTED IN PATIENT BROKERING SCHEME

Attorneys:

Adam Hurtig, 46, male, 3/19/71, 1704 N.E. 16th Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Alexander Kapetan, 44, male, 11/30/72, 3249 N.E. 31st Ave., Lighthouse Point

  • Vincent Pravato, 48, male, 9/14/68, 10138 Laurel Road, Davie
  • Steven Slootsky, 57, male, 8/20/60, 3054 N.W. 60th St., Boca Raton
  • Mark Spatz, 58, male, 3/29/59, 13185 S.W. 28th Court, Davie

Solicitors:

Joaquin Barreda, 39, male, 6/13/78, 5300 S.W. 21st Court, Plantation

  • Mark Eskin, 62, male, 1/10/55, 22274 Vista Lago Drive, Boca Raton
  • Richard Kist, 36, male, 7/12/81, 6246 Riverwalk Lane, #6, Jupiter
  • Elvira Perchitti, 53, female, 1/31/64 & James Perchitti, 61, male, 2/13/56,1912 S.E. Hillmoor Drive, Apt. 57, Port St. Lucie

 

 

Detectives from the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, who are part of BSO’s Organized Crime Unit, began investigating the case in May 2015 with the assistance of the Department of Financial Services, National Insurance Crime Bureau, the Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Broward State Attorney’s Office.

The investigation uncovered several personal injury attorneys who were paying individuals to unlawfully solicit unsuspecting vehicle accident victims to make insurance claims for loss/damage or claims for personal injury protection benefits. In most cases, the attorneys paid the solicitors $500 to $1,500 per client successfully referred.

 

The attorneys would in turn refer the accident victim to a healthcare facility in exchange for a cash kickback of $1,500 to $2,500 per patient. After the patient was brokered to the healthcare facility, the facility would provide treatment and bill the auto insurance companies for claims covered by the PIP benefits, thus defrauding the insurance companies.

From May 2015 to Dec. 2016, the group received kickbacks totaling more than $521,000.

The suspects are facing numerous charges including organized fraud, criminal solicitation and patient brokering.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. Kristy Frederick & Mike Freeley.

THIS REPORT BY: Broward Sheriff’s Office-Keyla Concepción/ PIO

 

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