ABC News in Orlando, Florida ran a story documenting the pivotal role Command Investigations played in the arrest of Ricardo Aponte.
Steve Cassell, President & CEO, spoke with Janine Reyes, Investigative Reporter with ABC, to discuss Command’s investigation into Aponte, as well as what Command is doing to combat insurance fraud.
Ricardo Aponte Arrested for Insurance Fraud
December 28, 2016. Command Investigations and Frank Winston Crum Insurance announce the arrest of Ricardo Aponte for insurance fraud.
Aponte suffered an alleged work-related accident in January of 2007.
Following the accident, Aponte reported to his physician that he had no range of motion and needed a motor scooter for transportation. He also stated he used a walking stick at all times, used his motor scooter every day, could not bend his body, and needed a wheelchair van because he could not walk long distances.
However, Aponte’s treating physician stated that a recent MRI showed no signs of stenosis or surgical pathology that would explain the necessity for Aponte to use a motor scooter for transportation.
To validate Aponte’s claims, video surveillance was assigned to assess his daily activity. Command obtained several days of video footage in which Aponte was documented boating. Specific activities included climbing in and out of the boat, pumping fuel, pushing his boat off the trailer into the water, squatting, lifting, and walking for long periods of time. Aponte moved in an apparent unrestricted manner and did not use any support devices, nor did he utilize a scooter or cane.
Based upon the investigative evidence obtained, Command’s SIU Department submitted a referral to the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS), Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) based on material misrepresentation, as required under Florida Statutes 626.9891 and 440.105.
Aponte was arrested on December 19, 2016, in Orange County, Florida. He was charged with the following:
- Workers’ Compensation Fraud. F.S. 440.105
- False & Fraudulent Insurance Claims
- Perjury in Official Proceedings
- First Degree Grand Theft
He is being held in the Orange County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail.
All parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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