Oct. 22--On April 25 undercover detectives went to Optimum Medical Care and told Nadine Laurent they were injured in a car crash.
A doctor conducted exams of the two and ordered three to four weeks of therapy. The detectives continued going to the doctor's office in May for treatments and noticed that while they only received electrical stimulation, hot packs and a mechanical massage, an insurance company was billed for more.
In all, the state's Division of Insurance Fraud found that Laurent was responsible for fraudulently billing Security National Insurance Company$1,335 between the two undercover detectives.
Laurent, 52, of Riviera Beach was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Monday and released Tuesday after posting a $3,000 bond. She faces charges of false and fraudulent insurance claim and grand theft.
The investigation into Laurent began when insurance companies and the National Insurance Crime Bureau contacted the division and said they believed Laurent was committing insurance fraud. Through the investigation, a confidential source was developed who helped set the detectives up with Laurent at the medical officer on Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach.
In many of the visits the undercover detectives acting as patients only received electrical stimulation, hot packs and a mechanical massage. However Laurent would include other services -- including manual therapy and sometimes an ultrasound -- in the therapy notes given to the insurance company.
Detectives said they believe the undercover operation was busted by mid-May because when they attended therapy, the employees appeared nervous and suddenly everyone was "operating by the book," according to the affidavit.
On May 23 detectives confronted Laurent about a $500 payment she is known to give to patients after their 10th visit. The source told the detectives about the payment, but Laurent denied any payment existed.
Laurent who denied all allegations, including the 10th visit payment but said she did loan $500 to someone.
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