Twelve people were arrested in April and May in the Miami area for allegedly filing fraudulent auto insurance claims or staging car accidents, Florida’s chief financial officer reported, suggesting that such crimes remain a lucrative endeavor in the state.

In the latest incident, Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis’ office reported on May 24 that four people were taken into custody after an investigation by the CFO’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID). Those arrested – Bryan Carlos Hernandez, Rusland Rivero Tellez, Juan Fonseca Lauzao and Elvis Fonseca Lauzao – allegedly intended to defraud National General Insurance and Progressive Insurance Co. by exploiting their auto policies, according to the CFO’s office.

The foursome allegedly staged an auto accident with no injuries and then went to physical therapy clinics for treatment of bogus afflictions, leading to Progressive paying out $28,000 to two clinics and National General paying out more than $24,000.

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