Nesly Loute, 52, Naples, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. He was ordered detained pending sentencing on January 17, 2017. In Addition, Loute must pay restitution to the victim automobile insurance companies and forfeit the proceeds of the offense.
Loute is the sixth individual to be convicted following the culmination of a two-year joint federal and state law enforcement investigation, dubbed Operation Fraudulent Pain. The investigation disrupted five unlicensed chiropractic clinics that has received more than $2 million in ill-gotten Personal Injury Protection (PIP) payments from the automobile insurance companies.
According to testimony during the six-day trial, Loute conspired with others to operate unlicensed chiropractic clinics and bill automobile insurance companies for PIP benefits. Members of the conspiracy also paid patients to induce them to seek treatment at the unlicensed clinics so that he automobile insurance companies could be billed for their PIP benefits. In addition, members of the conspiracy participated in staged motor vehicle accidents and then submitted claims to automobile insurance withdrawn from various bank accounts and through the use of a shell corporation.
Five other individuals previously pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing as a result of Operation Fraudulent Pain. They are Wisler Cyrius (35, Naples), Anouce Toussaint (33, Naples), Garry Joseph (37, Naples), Maria Victoria Lopez (44, Moore Haven), and David Adamson (47, Bonita Springs). Each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and must make restitution to the automobile insurance companies. In addition, the United States will seek a forfeiture money judgment from each defendant equal to the amount of proceeds obtained as a result of each offense.