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Six South Floridians Sentenced In Staged-Accident Scheme

By Adam Sacasa, Sun Sentinel
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Feb. 05--A massive fake accident scheme led to the sentencing of six more south Floridians, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release on Tuesday.

Investigators say the staged accidents happened between October 2006 and December 2012 with the organizers recruiting people with medical and chiropractic licenses who then filed the fraudulent insurance claims.

The convictions carry sentences ranging from just over three years to 8-1/2 years in prison as well as being ordered to pay between $866,000 to almost $3.5 million in court-ordered restitution to defrauded insurance companies, according to the release.

Those sentenced are Aleida Capdevila, 62, a clinic office manager from West Palm Beach; Yenisleydi Ramos, 26, a front desk receptionist and secretary from West Palm Beach; Oscar Montiel Martinez, 34, a staged-accident participant, recruiter and check casher from Lake Worth; Teresita Mena, 52, a staged-accident participant, recruiter and check casher from West Palm Beach; Amaury Tomas Contino, 30, a staged-accident recruiter from Lake Worth; Juan Francisco Avon, 62, a licensed massage therapist from Miami; and Elias Sebastian Munguia, 41, a clinic owner from Miami.

The recent sentences raise the total of people charged as part of Operation Sledgehammer up to 92. Fifty-six of those people face federal charges with more than $5 million in court-ordered restitution.

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