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CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of Miami Chiropractor in $20,000 Insurance Fraud Scheme

2/2/2022

MIAMI – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Dr. Peter Ian Reiter, owner of Dade Medical Center Inc., for allegedly submitting fraudulent medical bills to Progressive Insurance and Responsive Insurance for medical treatment services that were never provided to patients.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “It doesn’t matter if you are a career criminal or a trusted physician; if you commit fraud in Florida, you will be found out and held accountable. It is unsettling that someone in a position of trust would try and line their own pockets through deceit. I thank my fraud detectives for their hard work on this case, and applaud Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle for ensuring justice will be served.”
           
An investigation by CFO Patronis’ Division of Investigative and Forensic Services, Bureau of Insurance Fraud detectives interviewed four patients who provided sworn statements regarding their treatment process and treatment dates that occurred from June 2020 to December 2020 while they attended Dade Medical Center Inc. and were allegedly treated by Dr. Peter Ian Reiter. With all four patients, Dr. Reiter submitted bills for treatment services that the patients never received because they were never at the clinics on the billed dates. In a statement provided to fraud detectives, Dr. Reiter stated he treated or observed the treatments of all the patients. Additionally, he confirmed his signature on all the therapy forms and treatments forms provided. A total of $20,180.00 was billed to Progressive Insurance and Responsive Insurance.
 
Dr. Peter Ian Reiter surrendered to detectives on January 25, 2022 at Turner Guilford Knight (TGK) Correctional Center in Miami. Dr. Reiter faces charges of organized scheme to defraud, insurance fraud and grand theft. If convicted, he could each face up to 55 years in prison.
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).