According to a recent NICB report, thirty three people have been arrested after an auto accident insurance fraud ring was busted by the FBI. Staged car accidents were one of the listed reasons behind Florida's recent push for reforms to Personal Injury Protection, or PIP, insurance. Accident victims, chiropractors, chiropractic assistants, and licensed massage therapists were included in the most recent arrests. Ninety people total have been arrested under "Operation Sledgehammer".
Insurance fraud hurts all Floridians, as fraudulent insurance claims based on fake personal injuries causes all Florida auto insurance premiums to go up. According to the report, the investigation began on a confidential tip over six years ago. The arrested parties face prison time, as well as restitution orders, after their conspiracy, money laundering, and mail fraud charges.