Out of Patients

Local waste plant tries to clean up after embarrassing insurance mess

"I did it because I saw that a lot of people were making money on us patients, and I didn't think that was right," says Navarro, a soft-spoken 59-year-old man who landed in Phoenix (as did some of the other Cuban expatriates involved in the insurance scheme) through Catholic Social Services.

"I know that cashing the check probably wasn't the best thing for me to do. But these guys that do all of this stuff are bad guys. I wasn't looking to steal from anyone. They came to me, and asked me to a check-up out in California for a few bucks. So I did."

Rand Carlson

Contact the author at his online address: paul.rubin@newtimes.com

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