Three Jacksonville, Fla., residents were arrested for personal injury protection (PIP) fraud, according to an announcement by Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.
Yolanda Vargas, Christian Vargas and Willdelyn Rodriguez are each charged with one count of committing a staged motor vehicle accident and one count of insurance fraud.
Investigators are still searching for Felix Vargas who is accused of recruiting the arrested individuals to participate in the PIP scheme. He is believed to be connected to a large scale identity theft ring in New York City as well an IRS scam in which he directed the payment of others’ tax returns to himself.
Source: Florida Department of Financial Services
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