Michigan Man Sentenced to Prison for Staged Auto Crash Fraud Scheme

A Michigan man who pled guilty to participating in a multi-state staged auto accident/insurance fraud scheme has been sentenced to prison, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Marvin David Ramirez, 45, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was sentenced to 37 months in prison by United States District Judge Paul L. Maloney. He pled guilty in June of this year to conspiracy to commit mail fraud related to a staged automobile accident ring that operated at Primary Rehab Center in Wyoming.

The court also ordered Ramirez to pay restitution of $298,992.29 to the automobile insurance companies that he defrauded.

“Ramirez and his cohorts operated a sophisticated scheme over several years in our community,” according to U.S. Attorney Andrew Byerly Birge. “The well-deserved sentence imposed by the court reflects the leadership role played by Ramirez and the fact that he greatly profited from this fraud at the expense of Michigan’s automobile insurance system.”

The staged automobile accident ring operated at Primary Rehab from December 2011 to May 2014.

Federal prosecutors said the ring recruited and paid cash to individuals to stage automobile accidents and obtain police reports so that insurance claims could be made with their automobile insurance companies.

The managers of the clinics and others working with them then told the accident participants what symptoms to present to physicians affiliated with the ring so that they would sign a prescription for physical therapy. The accident participants then sought unnecessary therapy treatment at the clinics.

Typically, after a few therapy sessions, the accident participants signed blank therapy treatment forms that were later signed by massage therapists to make it appear as if the accident participants obtained treatment when they truly did not.

The therapy clinics then used the treatment forms to send false insurance claims through the United States mail to automobile insurance companies for therapy treatment that was either not necessary or not actually provided.

The clinic billed automobile insurers over $1,000,000.00 and obtained fraudulent payments in excess of $600,000.00.

Three other individuals were also convicted and sentenced in conjunction with the staged auto accident insurance fraud scheme at Primary Rehab Center:

The sentencing of Marvin Ramirez completes a multi-year prosecution of individuals in West Michigan engaged in defrauding Michigan automobile insurers. Previously sentenced for their roles at three other clinics, Revive Therapy, Renue Therapy, and H&H Rehab, were:

The Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, conducted the investigation of the case. Assistant United States Attorneys Ronald M. Stella and Timothy VerHey handled the prosecution.

Source: United States Attorney’s Office