Naples Man Sentenced In Connection With “PIP” Scheme To Defraud Automobile Insurance Companies
Fort Myers, FL – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Wisler Cyrius (36, Naples) to three years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering. The Court also ordered him to pay $270,329.92 in restitution to the victim automobile insurance companies, and to forfeit property in the amount of the proceeds traceable to the offense. Cyrius pleaded guilty on May 18, 2016.
According to the plea agreement, Cyrius conspired with others to operate unlicensed chiropractic clinics and to bill automobile insurance companies for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits. The conspirators also paid patients to induce them to seek treatment at particular chiropractic clinics so they could bill automobile insurance companies for their PIP benefits. In addition, members of the conspiracy participated in staged motor vehicle accidents and submitted claims to automobile insurance companies for PIP benefits based on those fake accidents.
Four others previously pleaded guilty and have been sentenced for their roles in this conspiracy. Garry Joseph (37, Naples) pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and was sentenced to 3 years and 1 month in federal prison. Anouce Toussaint (33, Naples) was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to launder money. Maria Victoria Lopez (44, Moore Haven) pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and was sentenced to 3 years’ probation. David Adamson (47, Bonita Springs), a licensed chiropractor, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and received 5 years’ probation with 180 days of home detention.
A fifth individual, Nesly Loute, was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud following a six-day jury trial. On February 27, 2017, he was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the State of Florida’s Department of Financial Services Division of Insurance Fraud; the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation; and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. Assistance was also provided by the National Insurance Crime Bureau; the Florida Highway Patrol; the Florida Department of Health; Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration; the State Attorney’s Offices for the 13th and 19th Judicial Circuits. The following insurance companies also assisted with the case: Travelers, Nationwide, Bristol West, Esurance, Windhaven, Farmers, Direct General, Allstate, State Farm, Progressive, Geico, Infinity, and Foremost. The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Charles D. Schmitz and David G. Lazarus.