David Hirschenson, a Pembroke Pines, Florida chiropractor, was arrested after he allegedly got illegal access to accident reports and solicited those who had been involved, news sources report. Hirschenson, 55, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on one count of solicitation and 19 counts of obtaining illegal crash reports. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail. So far, no criminal defense attorney appears to have spoken on Hirschenson’s behalf.
Hirschenson has apparently been practicing in South Florida for decades. In 1987, a 28-year-old Hirschenson operated a chiropractic clinic in Davie, Florida, sources say. That year, he was arrested on charges of grand theft in connection to an insurance fraud scheme, sources say. The details of the alleged scheme were not specified in reports. Hirschenson apparently pled guilty to the charges. He participated in a probe conducted by the State Attorney’s office and was allowed to keep his medical license.
According to reports, Hirschenson now has a chiropractic clinic on North University Drive in Pembroke Pines. In order to find patients for the clinic, Hirschenson allegedly used an illegally acquired media credential to get access to accident reports. Hirschenson would then contact those involved in the accidents and offer his services, sources say. An investigation by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud apparently led to the findings, though it is unclear what sparked the investigation.
Based on reports, Hirschenson was only one of three people arrested during this investigation by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud. Miami residents Nester Sanchez and Chakira Vila Puentes were also arrested on accusations that they ran an accident clinic without a license. Sanchez and Puentes made over $353,000 in fraudulent insurance claims from that clinic, sources allege.
In both cases, investigators reportedly say the defendants may have abused Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system, also known as personal injury protection (PIP). PIP reportedly pays the initial $10,000 of medical aid to accident victims, regardless of who is at fault in the crash. Meant to protect those hurt in car accident, PIP also unfortunately attracts a fair number of fraudsters. “PIP fraud schemes drive up auto insurance rates for all Floridians, so we must do everything we can do to put a stop to them,” Florida’s Chief Financial Officer reportedly said regarding the case.
South Florida is gripped with all sorts of fraud. Earlier this week, Coral Springs resident Kyesha Reed was apprehended after she allegedly used a stolen identity to open a Kohl’s credit account, sources report. Reed, 31, was taken to the Broward County Main Jail on charges of grand theft, fraudulent creation and use of personal identification, and fraudulent use of personal identification. Reports did not say if she qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
Reed allegedly got her hands on someone else’s social security number and full name. She used this information to create a credit account at a Kohl’s, where she bought $369 worth of items, sources indicate. After news outlets ran surveillance footage allegedly depicting Reed, she was identified by the public and arrested shortly after.