A doctor, a lawyer and two chiropractors are among 12 people facing charges stemming what authorities say was a scheme in New Jersey to recruit motor vehicle accident victims as patients.
New Jersey Acting Attorney General John Hoffman’s office says the alleged ringleaders were based in Monmouth County, N.J., and the multimillion dollar scheme used “runners” to recruit the victims.
The doctor is from Bergen County and the lawyer is from Morris County. The chiropractors are from Morris and Union counties.
[The 12 defendants were variously charged with racketeering, conspiracy, criminal use of runners and other related charges, according to the Attorney General's office.
“Today's charges uncover a massive criminal trifecta, as the fraud reached into the medical system, the legal system, and the insurance system, with the defendants ultimately extracting millions for their own uses,” Acting Attorney General Hoffman said.
Through this scheme, runners allegedly picked up motor vehicle accident reports at local police stations under the Open Public Records Act and used those reports to solicit patients to the chiropractic facilities, New Jersey's Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi said. “Abuse of the OPRA statute to further a criminal enterprise is unacceptable and such behavior will not be tolerated in the State of New Jersey," Chillemi said.
The alleged ringleaders, Anhuar Bandy and Karim Bandy of Monmouth County N.J., allegedly received millions of dollars in illegal payments by referring the patients to medical and legal service providers, according to the Attorney General's office.]