Tampa Medical Clinic Records Seized, Owners Arrested

February 25, 2004

Investigators with Florida’s Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, seized hundreds of records from a medical clinic and arrested the three owners on charges of organized scheme to defraud, insurance fraud and grand theft following a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office, Economic Fraud Unit; with the assistance of Geico Insurance Co.

Medical Rehabilitation Center, at 3430 West Lambright St. was the focus of a four-month investigation into allegations that owners Lev Vybinov, 53, Boris Pismichenko, 50 and Greg Morkhalyov, 48, were responsible for accident victims being solicited and automobile insurance companies being billed as much as $100,000 for services that were not rendered.

Investigators said at least one accident participant was reportedly offered $100 at the scene of an accident to go to Medical Rehabilitation Center. Other patients were reportedly billed for services such as massage, electrical stimulation and hot packs that were never rendered. Investigators discovered that the employees that were performing massages were not licensed to do so.

Investigators anticipate additional arrests.

Vybinov, of Tampa, Pismichenko, of Monmouth Jct., N.J. and Morkhalyov, of Brooklyn, New York, were booked into the Hillsborough County Jail, with bond set at $30,000 each.

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