August 1, 2018. Command Investigations, Packard Claims Administration and Lion Insurance Company announce that Maria Araceli Abdala-Vivieros has pled nolo contendere/no contest to insurance fraud.
On June 29, 2018, Abdala-Vivieros entered a plea of nolo contendere/no contest and was sentenced to one year of probation regarding the following charge:
- F.S. 440.104(3)(c) – Receiving Unauthorized Coverage
As part of her plea agreement, no restitution was ordered.
Command instituted an investigation into Abdala-Vivieros after she suffered an alleged work-related injury.
During the investigation, Command’s Claims Data Verification Program™ (CDVP™) pinpointed that she furnished false and misleading information to receive medical treatment and workers’ compensation benefits.
Because of the investigative findings, Command’s SIU department was statutorily required to refer Abdala-Vivieros’ claim to the Florida Division of Investigative and Forensic Services, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Fraud for material misrepresentation.
She was originally charged with two counts of Workers’ Compensation Fraud on August 14, 2015, but she then fled the state of Florida as a fugitive and remained on the run for multiple years.
Abdala-Vivieros was arrested on September 12, 2017 in Hamilton County, Ohio and extradited to St. Lucie County, Florida on February 15, 2018.
She was then released on $10,000 bond.
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