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NJ Chiropractor Charged with Insurance Fraud

by FraudReport 28. September 2017 08:11

A 13th person has been charged as part of an alleged insurance fraud scheme to recruit car crash victims. The Bergen County chiropractor is the final person charged in the scheme, which also ended in guilty pleas from a doctor, a lawyer, three licensed chiropractors, a paralegal and a licensed acupuncturist.

Anthony Riotto, 44, who operates Riotto Family Chiropractic in Park Ridge (though maybe not for much longer), was charged on September 26th with health care claims fraud in connection with a criminal network run by the Bandy brothers, according to NJ.com and the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.

The ringleaders, Colts Neck residents Anhuar Bandy, 54, Karim Bandy, 55, made money by paying illegal "runners" to recruit car crash victims as patients for chiropractic facilities they controlled, officials said. They collected kickbacks for referring those victims for medical and legal services provided by others involved in the scheme, officials said. 

As for Riotto's part of the scam, he allegedly had false claims sent to insurance companies after referring patients to MLS Medical, a pain management practice, which was also owned by another member of the fraud ring. Authorities say Riotto also “failed” to mention that he had a financial stake in the business when he referred the patients to MLS Medical. 

Neither brother is a licensed chiropractor or medical doctor, which is a requirement for owning a chiropractic facility, officials said. 

The Bandy brothers were sentenced over the summer, earning over six years in prison for orchestrating the fraud. They were convicted back in 2015. 

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