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Fraud Round-up: Woman Accused of Staging Crashes With Kids in Car

Palm Beach Sheriff's Office

A judge added years to a mother’s prison sentence because she brought her five children with her when she was involved in staging auto accidents, the South Florida Sun-Sentinelreports. Prosecutors said the 43-year-old woman made the children lie to insurance companies and get medical care they didn’t need, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

In an unrelated case in Tampa, authorities arrested four people involved in personal injury fraud.  Deputies even observed the clinic using a “crash coordinator” to stage an accident, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

In other fraud headlines, police in Fort Lauderdale have charged a man with practicing dentistry without a license after he and another suspect allegedly assaulted an elderly man for requesting a refund on his dental implants, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Lottie Watts covers health and health policy for Health News Florida, now a part of WUSF Public Media. She also produces Florida Matters, WUSF's weekly public affairs show.