Tooth Fairy Heist’: 5 accused of $1.3M fraud at Hialeah, Little Havana dental clinics

HIALEAH, Fla. – Five people employed by a dental management company were arrested Tuesday in connection to a $1.3 million insurance fraud scheme involving two South Florida dental clinics, according to arrest reports.

Investigators with the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Bureau of Insurance Fraud dubbed the case the “Tooth Fairy Heist.”

Authorities arrested two women and three men on multiple felony charges:

Mercedes Linares, 53, of Hollywood
Christi Olson, 47, of Hialeah
Leonardo Ramos, 22, of Hialeah Gardens
Leonel Ravelo, 34, of Hialeah
Ryon Vazquez, 33, of Miami
According to arrest reports, in 2020, a husband-and-wife pair sold shares in their dental practice, with offices located in Hialeah and Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, to the management company, with the intention of having the management company handle administrative duties.

However, the two began to have conflicts with the company’s activities and were eventually fired from what used to be their own practice in April and May 2022, according to the report.

Source: Tooth Fairy Heist’: 5 accused of $1.3M fraud at Hialeah, Little Havana dental clinics / Local 10

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