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Queens Chronicle

Nine busted in alleged insurance fraud scam

Accused of stealing $150,000

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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:30 am

A group of individuals and the Queens Village medical corporation they worked for have been indicted by a grand jury for their alleged involvement in an insurance scam that bilked companies out of thousands of dollars, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

The group allegedly took advantage of the state’s no-fault law, which requires registered drivers to carry $50,000 in medical insurance coverage for accidents regardless of who may be at fault. Most health providers are reimbursed directly by the insurance companies for the services.

The charges allege that five individuals who had been in minor car accidents received cash payments from two “runners” who coached them on how to exaggerate their injuries and steered them to Arco-Queens Integrated Medical Care, located at 209-05 Jamaica Ave. in Queens Village, where they received unnecessary medical treatment.Also charged in the scheme was the clinic itself, as well as its receptionist and manager, who is alleged to have paid the runners for finding the patients.

The defendants are variously charged with the crimes of first-degree scheme to defraud, third-degree insurance fraud, third- and fourth-degree grand larceny, third-degree attempted grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records. If convicted, they each face up to seven years in prison and, in the case of a corporation, a felony is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 or double the amount of the illegal gain.

Various no-fault insurers — such as Geico, Nationwide, Kemper, Allstate, Esurance, Progressive, Liberty Mutual, Countrywide and Lincoln General — paid out more than $150,000 on claims submitted by Arco.

The defendants are Hazel Abrams, 55, of Rosedale; Aaron Dawkins, 25, of Cambria Heights; Antoinette Duncan, 40, of Jamaica; Tamara Easy, 26, of Jamaica; Wilburt Gordon, 54, of Jamaica; Albert Koplovich, 53, of Brooklyn; Raymond Mattison, 53, of Springfield Gardens; Rolph Nozine, 28, of Jamaica; Jason Wade, 27, of Brooklyn and Arco-Integrated.

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