New Jersey man faces 10 years for crucial role in New York’s largest no-fault insurance scam

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41-year-old New Jersey resident Bradley Pierre was recently given a 10-year federal prison sentence for his integral part in a colossal no-fault insurance fraud once witnessed in New York City. His actions included instructing doctors to commit perjury and bribing hospital staff to obtain the contact details of road traffic victims.

The mastermind behind a $60 million scam

Pierre faced sentencing Monday in Manhattan Federal Court, in addition to an order to forfeit $3.5 million and pay $1.5 million in restitution. His conviction in the massive insurance fraud case took place in January 2022, following charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to defraud tax authorities, to which he pleaded guilty in December.

In his confession, the Closter, New Jersey man admitted to spearheading the scam, which totaled an astonishing $60 million. Other defendants included licensed physicians, a lawyer and an NYPD officer.

Exploiting auto insurance laws

Between 2008 and 2021, Pierre managed several pseudo-medical clinics in New York, such as Veda Medical, Sky Medical, Sun Medical and Rutland Medical, among others. According to federal authorities, these clinics falsely presented themselves as licensed physicians.

The fraudsters discovered loopholes in New York and New Jersey laws that require insurance companies to cover claims for certain types of car accidents – specifically by paying providers directly rather than billing victims. This approach saved the insurers from possible lengthy legal disputes, court files showed.

The fake clinic operation

Pierre knew that these clinics could not file claims with insurance companies if their operations were found to be supervised by non-physicians. To get around this, he manipulated doctors to negate their ownership claims. During the course of the scheme, he admitted to siphoning more than $20 million, either into his own bank accounts or directly from the clinics’ coffers.

In addition, he squeezed millions more out of insurance companies by sending prescriptions to specific pharmacies or referring patients to his wife’s law firm for lawsuits. In addition to legal fees, Pierre also sent patients to an MRI facility, where he had significant influence.

Biggest scam of its kind

The brazenness of the scam was so great that Pierre and his accomplices bribed hospital employees, 911 dispatchers and others to obtain confidential information about car accident victims. This move was intended to attract more clients to their clinics and MRI facility.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams underscored the seriousness of the case in a statement, pointing out that Pierre’s crimes were the culmination of the largest no-fault auto insurance scam in New York City history.

He further condemned Pierre for exploiting the system through bribery and manipulation while denying accident victims their rightful care. Despite attempts to reach Pierre and his lawyer, no comment was provided.