The way the kickback scheme worked, according to investigators, was the lawyers would pay runners from tow yards and body shops to solicit car-crash victims for them. The lawyers then referred the victims for medical treatment to Margate Physicians or Broward Spine Associates in Plantation, which would pay the attorneys cash for the referrals.
All were arrested Sept. 6 on felony charges ranging from organized fraud to patient brokering and money laundering. They have since bonded out of jail.
–Steven Slootsky, 57, has a law office in Boca Raton. He faces 15 charges and posted $13,000 bond.
–Adam Hurtig,46, faces 14 charges and posted $18,000 bond.
–Mark Spatz, 58, faces 13 charges and posted $13,000 bond.
–Vincent Pravato, 48, faces three charges and posted $2,750 bond.
Hurtig, Spatz and Pravato all have law offices in Fort Lauderdale.