17 People in Charged in Pennsylvania Insurance Scam

February 22, 2010

The U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI in Philadelphia say 17 people are facing charges of mail fraud in what authorities call a scheme that defrauded insurance companies of more than $630,000.

Authorities on Friday said a chiropractor and attorney are among those charged in a scam that allegedly involved filing false accident reports to receive free medical care and get civil settlement payment.

Court records claim that a then-active Philadelphia police officer recruited fake drivers and passengers for fictitious accidents.

Authorities say the bogus victims would be referred to chiropractors and attorneys who would get kickbacks from lawsuits.

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