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Conn. Chiropractor Gets 27 Months For Insurance Fraud Scheme

By David Moran, The Hartford Courant
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Aug. 05--BRIDGEPORT -- A 49-year old chiropractor was sentenced Monday to 27 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a multi-million dollar insurance fraud scheme.

Marc Kirshner, of Stamford, was also ordered to pay restitution of $1,692,798 for his role in the fraud scheme, which prosecutors said resulted in the loss of $1.7 million to 10 different insurance carriers. Kirshner was the owner of the now defunct Health First Medical chiropractic practice, which had two offices in Bridgeport and one in Stamford.

Prosecutors said that Kirshner conspired with attorney Joseph Haddad and others to fabricate medical records, inflate medical bills and "overstated injuries or permanent partial disabilities" for accident victims that Haddad represented.

Kirshner also "kicked back" portions of his medical fees to Haddad, prosecutors said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation uncovered the scheme thanks to a 14-month undercover investigation dubbed "Operation Running Man."

Kirshner pled guilty to one count of insurance on Dec. 7, 2011, and will report to prison on Oct. 8, 2014. Prosecutors said Kirshner received a reduced sentence due to his cooperation with the investigation.

Haddad was sentenced to 51 months in prison on July 10, 2014. In total, the scheme resulted in Haddad, Kirshner, two other chiropractors, a licensed doctor of osteopathic medicine and a doctor who had previously lost his medical license all pleading guilty to charges.

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