The Florida and North Carolina state departments of insurance are stepping up efforts to reduce accident fraud. In Florida this week, where the state’s no-fault insurance laws are cited as contributing to the increase in staged accidents, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, who has worked with the county sheriff's office on the issue since last year, urged quick action on an ordinance that would regulate downstream perpetrators of fraud: health clinics.

The clinics in question provide phony treatments to accident "victims" and collect millions of dollars from insurance companies, which have to pay up to $10,000 per patient under the state no-fault law, insurance officials said.

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