Naples man convicted in vehicle insurance scheme
FORT MYERS, Fla. – A Naples man was convicted by a federal jury on Friday of conspiracy to commit mail fraud for his participation in an effort to defraud automobile insurance companies.
Nesly Loute, 52, is the sixth person convicted in the scheme, where five unlicensed chiropractic clinics received more than $2 million in ill-gotten personal injury protection (PIP) payments from insurance companies, federal prosecutors said.
“Members of the conspiracy also paid patients to induce them to seek treatment at the unlicensed clinics so that the automobile insurance companies could be billed for their PIP benefits,” prosecutors said in a statement. “In addition, members of the conspiracy participated in staged motor vehicle accidents and then submitted claims to automobile insurance companies for PIP benefits based on those fake accidents. More than $1 million in fraud proceeds were withdrawn from various bank accounts and through the use of a shell corporation.”
Loute, who faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison, will be sentenced on Jan. 17, 2017.
The other five people involved in the scam previously pleaded guilty and are also awaiting sentencing:
- Wisler Cyrius, 35, Naples
- Anouce Toussaint, 33, Naples
- Garry Joseph 37, Naples
- Maria Victoria Lopez, 44, Moore Haven
- David Adamson, 47, Bonita Springs