|By Paula McMahon, Sun Sentinel|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
In December, Schechtman pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud conspiracy and four counts of mail fraud that occurred between 2009 and 2012.
Federal prosecutors said that Schechtman, who worked at clinics in
Investigators said they recorded co-conspirators damaging vehicles with sledgehammers before the people they recruited to pretend to be "victims" called authorities. The fraud began in late 2006 and went on until
Entin asked U.S. District Judge
Also on Friday, Marra sentenced Sircy Sacerio, also known as Sisi or Sircy Santos, 31, of
Clinic owners submitted false insurance claims through 21 chiropractic clinics that were owned and controlled by members of the conspiracy and got medical professionals, including Schechtman, to prescribe and bill for unnecessary treatments or services that were not actually provided, investigators said.
So far, Operation Sledgehammer has charged 92 defendants in federal and state court, and federal judges have ordered defendants to pay more than
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