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Oficial Principal de Finanzas Jimmy Patronis: Arresto de Propietario de un Centro Fraudulento de Tratamiento contra la Dependencia de Opiáceos por un Fraude de Seguros de $104,000 Destaca la Importancia de las Actividades Antifraude

11/9/2018

For Immediate Release: Friday, November 9, 2018
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com  

Oficial Principal de Finanzas Jimmy Patronis: Arresto de Propietario de un Centro Fraudulento de Tratamiento contra la Dependencia de Opiáceos por un Fraude de Seguros de $104,000 Destaca la Importancia de las Actividades Antifraude

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of James Durkin, 39, owner of The Hope Center of Recovery, an opioid treatment facility located in Boynton Beach, Florida, for insurance fraud. Durkin was charged with two counts of organized scheme to defraud for allegedly submitting over $104,000 in fraudulent insurance billing.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “As the opioid crisis continues to grip our nation, it’s unconscionable that anyone would use addiction treatment to make a quick buck. Insurance fraud at crooked addiction treatment centers fuels the ongoing opioid epidemic in Florida. Fraud like this takes away from the real work that legitimate opioid treatment homes are doing to help those who need it. Combating fraud at opioid treatment centers will remain one of my top priorities."
 
A joint investigation between CFO Patronis’ Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Sober Home Task Force of Palm Beach County (SHTF), and the Boynton Beach Police Department (BBPD) revealed evidence that Durkin was falsifying billing information to Cigna and United Health Care for addiction recovery treatments. Treating physicians listed on billing documents were falsified in order to defraud the insurance companies into reimbursing the clinic for addiction treatment services that were never performed.
 
Durkin surrendered to insurance fraud detectives at the Palm Beach County Jail and faces up to 30 years in prison.
 
To report suspected fraud, call CFO Patronis’ Fraud Hotline at 1-800-378-0445 or repot online at MyFloridaCFO.com. People reporting fraud can remain anonymous.
 
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El Oficial Principal de Finanzas y Jefe de Bomberos del Estado Jimmy Patronis es oriundo de la Florida y miembro del Gabinete de la Florida, que supervisa el Departamento de Servicios Financieros. El Oficial Principal de Finanzas Patronis trabaja todos los días para luchar contra el fraude de seguros, apoyar a los bomberos de la Florida y garantizar que las finanzas del estado sean estables para respaldar el crecimiento financiero del estado. Siga las actividades del Departamento en Facebook (FLDFS) y Twitter (@FLDFS).