West Boca Lawyers Arrested For "Fraud"

As always, those arrested are innocent until proven guilty.
Two West Boca lawyers were arrested on fraud charges in a sting by state “Division of Insurance Fraud.” Brian Greenspoon (left, 42) and his wife purchased a house in Boca Isles South back in 2010. His office appears to be in Deerfield Beach. Greenspoon was arrested on Thursday morning and released on bond that afternoon. This is why it’s important to find the best and the most reputable personal injury attorneys that are available to you.
Cory Meltzer (right, 33) is a graduate of the St. Andrews School on Jog, south of Yamato, and his office is in East Boca. The Sun-Sentinel’s mugshot page indicates Meltzer was arrested by the Broward Sheriff on Thursday and held on felony charges from another county, which we assume is Palm Beach. We do not see any case filed in the system for him yet, nor can we tell if he has been released yet.
Meltzer has no criminal history but we do see 22 traffic cases since 2008, which appear to arise out of 13 separate incidents.
For Greenspoon we also see several traffic cases but no previous criminal history. His current criminal case does show up in the system. The blotter shows the charge as Fraud – Unlawful Solicitation. The court record points to this specific provision:

A person may not solicit or cause to be solicited any business from a person involved in a motor vehicle accident by any means of communication other than advertising directed to the public for the purpose of making motor vehicle tort claims or claims for personal injury protection benefits required by s. 627.736, within 60 days after the occurrence of the motor vehicle accident.

It seems a stretch to call that fraud. We’re not sure why this would even be considered a felony or even a crime. It seems more a matter of attorney discipline. I’ve heard lemon law attorneys in California would never commit such a transgression. So if you’re in California make sure you work with the right attorney. Working with other attorneys in their area can correct this, hopefully.
The docket shows the case was originally filed in mid-September and a warrant was issued then. Oddly the offense date in the court records database is listed as October 28th, after the case was filed.
The Greenspoon Dougherty website appears to be down at the moment but we were able to find some background information in Google’s cache.

Mr. Greenspoon graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History and Political Science. Upon graduating from Penn, Mr. Greenspoon went to New York City where he worked with an investment banking firm for over 3 years. He then decided to pursue dual graduate degrees at the University of Florida. Mr. Greenspoon graduated with honors and earned both his Master’s in Business Administration and his Juris Doctorate.
After graduation, Mr. Greenspoon went on to work for one of the largest commercial litigation firms in Florida. There he practiced corporate law, real estate law and commercial litigation. Feeling the desire to help average people and realizing that the big corporate law firm was not where he wanted to spend his career, Mr. Greenspoon took a job with a small boutique trial firm and began shifting his career focus to personal injury law. In 2011, Mr. Greenspoon founded the Law Offices of Brian N. Greenspoon, P.L.

The Meltzer Taylor website is working and we found this background for Mr. Meltzer.

Cory Meltzer is a Florida native who was born in Miami and grew up in Boca Raton. Cory is also a proud alumni of St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton. After attending Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, and serving as a member of the school’s trial team, Cory returned to Palm Beach County to serve in the Public Defender’s Office. His tenure working in the public defender’s office provided him with valuable jury trial experience.
To date in his legal career, Cory has tried approximately 90 trials to verdict. Since leaving the public defender’s office to practice personal injury law; Cory has handled thousands of cases representing persons injured by the negligence of others. Cory is admitted to practice law in the (Federal) Southern District of Florida, along with all Florida State Courts. Cases like this highlight the importance of finding a personal injury defense attorney that you can fully trust, so be sure to do your research before hiring anyone.
Cory holds a B.A., Government, Georgetown University, 2003, and a J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2006. He is a member of the Georgetown Club of Palm Beach, the Florida Justice Association, and the Florida Bar.

Per the Sun-Sentinel, five others were either arrested or are wanted including two chiropractors.
Disclosure: This author did meet Mr. Meltzer back in 2012 while sitting in court waiting for our unrelated cases to be heard. We had a pleasant conversation and he seemed nice. We talked about meeting for lunch but that never happened.

Recent Home Sales in 33434

33434Homes in the 33434 zip code are located between 441 and St. Andrew’s Blvd, North of Glades Road to Yamato Road. Neighborhoods in this area include Boca West Country Club, Hamptons at Boca Raton, Woodfield Hunt Club, Santa Barbara and Century Village. The following homes sold in September 2014.
9537carouselcirThis 5 bedroom home at 9537 Carousel Circle sold for $350,000. Built in 1988 in the West Boca Lake development, it has 2.5 bathrooms in 2756 sq. feet. The home has a open floor plan and modern kitchen. It also has a large inground pool.

3075hampton3075hamptonpoolThe famous “White House” of Boca Raton at 3075 Hampton Place sold for $1.825 million. Located in the Woodfield Hunt Club, it has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in 6613 sq. feet of living space. Built in 1985, it has 2 stories of glass throughout and a gourmet kitchen. It is located on a cul de sac with lake views, an infinity pool and outdoor shower. The house was previously purchased in 1989 for $1.26 million and in 1993 for $875,000.

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20290fairwayoaks20290 Fairway Oaks Dr, Apt 253 in Boca West Country Club sold for $750,000. This condominium was once featured in Florida Design Magazine. It has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3650 sq. feet. The kitchen has stainless steel sub zero appliances, wood cabinetry and granite counter tops. It was built in 1994 and sold for $437,500.

6176nw24thstLocated in the gated community of Santa Barbara, 6176 NW 24th Street sold for $555,000. It was built in 1992 and has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Impact glass windows, doors and skylights have been installed throughout the house. There is new flooring and modern kitchen and bathrooms.

4284nw29thwayThis open and airy courtyard home at 4284 NW 29th Way was sold for $475,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 2678 sq. feet. Built in 1995, it is located in the Carriage Homes at Woodfield. The home overlooks a nice backyard and an in ground pool.

19419cedarglendr19419 Cedar Glen Dr in the gated community of Cedar Glen sold for $475,000. This patio home, with views of the lake and golf course, has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Built in 1985, the roof was replaced in 2006 and the pool and patio were built  in 2006. It was originally purchased for $325,300.

Review: Sicilian Oven on St. Andrews

We previously reported in April that a Sicilian Oven would open in Boca Village Square on St. Andrews near Town Center mall. We followed up in June when we reviewed Aladdin’s Eatery next door, and got some interior shots.
Sicilian Oven opened a few weeks ago and we got a chance to stop by today and have lunch. We liked it. It’s on the backside of the plaza, facing Town Center:

It’s not huge inside but there’s enough room and it’s attractive.
We started with an extra-cost Tuscan bread. It was about $3. We thought it was good, with oil and various herbs, but we’re not sure we’d order it again for only two of us. It’s filling and makes more sense for a party of four.
Lunch seems like a bargain. The lunch dishes are mostly $8 or $9, and come with a salad. One of us has the regular side salad, which was nice and came with chick peas. The other got the Sicilian side which cost a few bucks extra and had a lot of extras in it, including candied walnuts and olives.
For entrees we had chicken parm and lasagna, which were both good.
The chicken parm was pretty good, but not spectacular. The lasagna was better. Here’s another shot of the insides:
Altogether it was a lot of food, and we took more than half of the lasagna home.
One of the hazards of restaurant reviewing is they sometimes figure out who we are. We were punished with a free carrot cake a la mode. It’s not my dessert of choice, but it was delicious.
We’ve heard the pizza is good. They have a wood-fired oven. But of course, the world of pizza and Italian food is competitive. Maggiano’s is practically next door, for example.
For those who live west of Lyons Road, there are a lot of choices that are closer. Steve’s Wood-Fired Pizza is in Boca Lyons Plaza, with Stallone’s on the north side of Glades, Davito’s in Boca Greens, Villa Rosano on Clint Moore, Meatball Room, and so on.
But if you’re going to Town Center or thereabouts, it might be worth it to stop by Sicilian Oven for lunch or dinner. It’s good food at a good price.
Update: We went back and tried the pizza. I thought the sauce was a little too sweet but the other five in our party like it.

Motorcycle Accident on St. Andrews

Update: Boca PD has identified the victim as Raphael Caixeta, age 23, of Boca Raton. We extend our condolences to the victim’s family and friends.

A reader notified us about an accident near Boca Village Square and Town Center Mall, on St. Andrews Blvd. One reader sent us the photo above. We’re still seeing traffic impact at this writing according to Google Maps:

Boca Raton police posted about this shortly after 8 pm:


The first reader who notified us also sent a picture with the victim’s body visible. Some who saw this picture on Facebook found it disturbing so we removed it from there.
In an earlier version of this article we included the picture at bottom. However, we’ve now decided to remove it.
From Boca Raton Police:

Man killed in motorcycle crash
Boca Raton, FL – On Monday, July 21 at 7:48 p.m., officers of the Boca Raton Police Services Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit responded to a fatality crash which occurred in the 21000 block of St. Andrews Boulevard.
A silver 2008 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling south on St. Andrews Boulevard when a silver 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee entered St. Andrews Boulevard from Town Place Club Villas. The Yamaha motorcycle impacted the driver side rear of the Jeep.
The operator of the Yamaha was transported to the Delray Medical Center where he died at 10:26 p.m. The occupants of the Jeep were not injured.
If anyone has information regarding the crash, please contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Mike Daly at (561) 620-6081.
2006 Jeep
Driver: Robin Nicole Lynch
20 years old
Lexington, KY
Injury: None
Passenger: David Young
53 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: None
2008 Yamaha
Operator: Raphael Caixeta
23 years old
Boca Raton, FL
Injury: Fatal

Massage Arrests Fell Asia O

Boca Raton Police made three arrests on Friday accusing the O’Asian Massage Spa of prostitution.

The arrestees include Xiaoqin Li, Exian Zheng and Yan Lin. The police say they were tipped off by a complaint.
We did our own investigation and found that the spa listed on some websites that might suggest they offer more than just a massage.
On WestPalmBeach.BackPage.com, we found some pictures that look more sexy than massage oriented.

These young women above look quite a bit younger than the three who were arrested, so perhaps the misleading ads motivated a complaint.

The investigative report indicates that the ad had more suggestive pictures in the past.
But the bigger hint was the listing for erotic massage on RubMap.com.
When you have fifty reviews on a website that has “happy ending” in the top left corner (dare we say the header?), there’s a good chance something naughty is going on. The police also reviewed the RubMaps listing.

Perhaps more disturbing is the lengths to which Boca PD went in order to pull off this sting. From the 12-page report we reviewed the investigation took a year or longer and dates back to a complaint allegedly made over two years ago. Twelve customers were subjected to traffic stops from June of last year through May of this year. Surveillance of the business began in January of 2013.
They went so far as to get a warrant to secretly install cameras inside the massage parlor and filmed the massages. It isn’t as though these kinds of services are that bad compared to other crimes. Why do people always focus on the https://www.escortdirectory.com/escorts-stuttgart-201 services or other sexual matters?
When you consider what went into this investigation, all to charge three women with non-violent offenses, you begin to understand why there aren’t enough resources in South Florida to arrest and prosecute violent criminals.
O’Asian Massage Spa is (or was) located on the northeast corner of St. Andrews and Glades, which is in the looser definitions of West Boca:

Following on a reader request, here is the Complaint Affidavit.