The Florida Office of Financial Regulation today announced that Jeremy Kee Anderson and Anthony Nick Nicholas, Jr., were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Anderson, Nicholas, and convicted co-conspirators Irwin Charles Ager and Eric Leon Ager allegedly defrauded elder Floridians by selling investments backed by medical receivables through Tri-Med Corporation and Tri-Med Associates. OFR’s investigation revealed that the scammers stole and spent more than $17 million of the victims’ money.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Preying on Florida’s seniors for your own financial gain is absolutely despicable. Our seniors worked their entire lives to build a nest egg and we must do all we can to protect them. I launched my Fraud Free Florida initiative for just that reason—to find scam artists and give detectives the tools they need to fight fraud in Florida. If you or a loved one has been a victim of fraud or ID theft, report it now at FraudFreeFlorida.com.”
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Fighting fraud and protecting Florida’s seniors is a top priority of our office, and I want to thank OFR investigators for uncovering this multimillion dollar investment scheme targeting older Floridians. We are aggressively fighting fraud to protect Floridians’ hard-earned money and to encourage continued investment in Florida’s future.”
OFR Commissioner Ronald Rubin said, “OFR will use every available resource and work closely with Attorney General Moody and CFO Patronis to shut down scams like this that target Florida’s seniors. I thank our investigators and our partners for bringing these alleged criminals to justice.”
The case was jointly investigated by OFR and the United States Secret Service. The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.
Floridians who suspect questionable financial business practices are encouraged to file a complaint online at www.flofr.com, or by calling (850) 487-9687.