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Accused health insurance scammer asks court to unfreeze money for real health insurance

The alleged mastermind of a massive health insurance fraud scheme isn’t relying on the products he’s accused of selling to insure himself and his wife.

Charged by the Federal Trade Commission with duping tens of thousands of consumers out of tens of millions of dollars by selling them nearly worthless health insurance plans, Simple Health Plans CEO Steven J. Dorfman has asked a federal judge to unfreeze seized assets — $15,000 a month for living expenses and $200,000 for legal fees.

Among his expenses: monthly premiums for him and his wife, Izabela Freitas, for their very real health insurance coverage, including FloridaBlue’s BlueOptions Platinum 1418.

Consumers who bought products from companies owned or controlled by Dorfman would no doubt like to have such coverage. According to the FTC, they forked over more than $100 million for plans the companies said complied with the Affordable Care Act and covered preexisting conditions; prescription drugs; primary, specialty and emergency care; lab tests; and surgical procedures.

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