• Jacksonville man arrested for fake crash investigation after hiding in Cuba for 7 years

    By: Bridgette Matter , Action News Jax


    A man accused in an elaborate fraud scheme at a local rehab facility will now face charges, seven years after the alleged crime. 

    Randy Capote was arrested at Jacksonville International Airport.

    Law enforcement agents say Capote was hiding in Cuba since a warrant was issued for his arrest in 2012.

    The 32-year-old was charged with organized fraud and participating in an intentional crash.

    According to court records, in 2012, Capote worked as a massage therapist at Indian Rehabilitation Center Inc. where investigators say he had patients sign off on treatments they never received.

    The rehab center was investigated, and prosecutors believe $228,000 in bogus claims were filed.

    Nineteen people were arrested in the scheme.

    Capote is accused of providing false information to Geico.

    A police report says at the time Geico was investigating over 100 claims in Jacksonville involving staged or suspicious car crashes.

    The report says Capote asked a man to sign “blank treatment notes,” which were to be billed to the insurance company. 

    His next court date is scheduled for April 1.


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