A Grenada Hills chiropractor pleaded guilty to a $150M insurance fraud scam. According to prosecutors, the chiropractor was one of 12 defendants who submitted false insurance billings. The billings represented unnecessary or non-existent surgeries, fake prescriptions, and laboratory work.
The scam involved an illegal referral network of personal injury attorneys who sent patients to the defendants. The attorneys often collected more than $10,000 per month in referral fees. A physician’s assistant sometimes performed surgeries on patients, inflicting additional injuries on them.
The chiropractor pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, mayhem, insurance fraud and unlawful patient referral. Prosecutors initially indicted him in 2015. Another Los Angeles physician also indicted in the scheme has fled the country. His office manager has also fled the area.
One defendant in the case has already pleaded guilty to similar charges. According to prosecutors, she collected more than $3 million from insurance companies. The court will sentence her in January. She faces as much as nine years in prison. The chiropractor will return to court in June for sentencing. He could spend as many as eight years in prison for his role in the conspiracy. The court has not yet heard cases for the other ten defendants. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office led the investigation.
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