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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Governor Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that both him and the Legislature hope will finally crack down on the rampant fraud in Florida’s no-fault car insurance system.

Currently, state law forces drivers to buy personal injury protection coverage. The coverage pays for injuries and lost wages up to $10,000 regardless of who is at fault in a crash.

Criminals then submit fake injury claims and stage fake accidents; many times with the aid of doctors and other treatment providers.

The legislation Scott signed Friday will put a two week limit on those who are seeking treatment through PIP.

Benefits would then be capped at $2,500 unless a doctor said the person who was injured had an “emergency medical condition.”

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