Inver Grove Heights Chiropractor Charged In No-Fault Automobile Insurance Fraud Scheme
Acting United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced a federal indictment charging TIMOTHY WAYNE GUTHMAN, 43, a licensed chiropractor, with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of mail fraud. GUTHMAN made his initial appearance last week in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.
Under the Minnesota No-Fault Automobile Insurance Act, auto insurance policies must include a personal injury protection provision (PIP). The PIP provision carries a minimum coverage amount of $40,000 for expenses resulting from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, $20,000 of which may be used for medical expenses.
According to the indictment, from 2012 through 2015, GUTHMAN engaged in a scheme to defraud automobile insurance companies by submitting fraudulent no-fault insurance claims and receiving reimbursements through his chiropractic clinics. These claims were for services that either were not medically necessary or were never rendered. GUTHMAN prescribed and purportedly provided services that were not determined medically necessary by the physical condition of each patient, but were instead designed to fraudulently maximize reimbursement from the patients’ automobile insurance companies.
According to the indictment, in order to get more patients to come to chiropractic appointments for treatment they did not need, GUTHMAN would make illegal kickback payments to patient recruiters, known as “runners.” The kickback payments typically ranged between $500 and $1,500 per automobile accident patient that the runner brought to GUTHMAN’S clinics. GUTHMAN would often require a refund of the kickback payment if the patient failed to attend a minimum number of treatment sessions. In order to keep the patients coming back for medically unnecessary appointments, the runners often paid illegal kickbacks to the patients.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Fraud Bureau and the FBI.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys John E. Kokkinen and David M. Maria are prosecuting the case.
TIMOTHY WAYNE GUTHMAN, 43
Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
- Conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 1 count
- Conspiracy to commit mail fraud, 1 count
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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600
The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.