CHIROPRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY
ROLE IN INSURANCE FRAUD SCHEME
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JENNIFER LYNNE, 39, of Milford, waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of conspiring to make false statements relating to health care matters.
This matter stems from “Operation Running Man,” a 14-month undercover fraud investigation headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation included the use of recordings of an undercover special agent meeting with an attorney, various doctors and chiropractors arising out of auto-accident personal injury litigation. To date, five persons have pleaded guilty, including three chiropractors, a licensed doctor of osteopathic medicine, and a formerly licensed physician.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Lynne is a licensed chiropractor who worked for Marc Kirshner, a chiropractor who owned a practice with offices in Stamford and Bridgeport. Jennifer Netter also worked as a chiropractor at Kirshner’s practice. Between approximately December 2006 and February 2010, Lynne, Kirshner, Netter and others performed unnecessary chiropractic treatments on individuals who were involved in auto accidents. As part of the scheme, Lynne and Netter, under Kirshner’s direction, routinely established six-month treatment regimens for patients, regardless of medical need. Lynne, Netter and Kirshner also falsified medical records, including falsifying patient assessments and exaggerating injury in final reports. The chiropractic practice then provided these false reports along with health insurance claims for payment to insurance companies.
Judge Underhill has scheduled sentencing for June 7, 2012, at which time Lynne faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.
On December 7, 2011, Kirshner pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit mail fraud and admitted that, as a result of his role in this conspiracy, more than 10 insurance carriers lost a total of approximately $1.69 million. On July 20, 2011, Netter pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to make false statements relating to health care matters. Both await sentencing.
U.S. Attorney Fein stated that the investigation is ongoing.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the National Insurance Crime Bureau and Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance’s Special Investigation Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher W. Schmeisser and Susan Wines.
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