Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Role in Insurance Fraud Scheme

Published: 2011-08-01 13:27:15
Author: U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut | July 29, 2011

 NEW HAVEN, Conn., July 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut issued the following news release:

David B. Fein , United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JENNIFER A. NETTER , 37, of Danbury, waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of conspiring to make false statements relating to health care matters.

According to court documents and statements made in court, NETTER is a licensed chiropractor who worked for a chiropractor who owned a practice with offices in Stamford and Bridgeport. Between approximately December 2006 and February 2010, NETTER and her employer performed unnecessary chiropractic treatments on individuals who were involved in auto accidents. As part of the scheme, NETTER, at her employer's direction, routinely established six-month treatment regimens for patients, regardless of medical need. NETTER and her employer also falsified medical records, including initial reports of a patient's condition that fabricated range of motion examination results to indicate injury, failed to inquire or omitted information regarding a patient's preexisting injuries, and drew causal connections between injury and accidents suffered without inquiry of preexisting conditions. Also, NETTER and her employer prepared final reports of condition that fabricated the severity of the condition, indicated limitations of a patient's range of motion inconsistent with the patient's true condition, and included unsupported permanent partial disability ratings. The chiropractic practice then provided these false reports along with health insurance claims for payment to insurance companies.

The charge of conspiring to make false statements relating to health care matters carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

U.S. Attorney Fein stated that the investigation is ongoing.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the National Insurance Crime Bureau and Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance's Special Investigation Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher W. Schmeisser and Susan Wines .

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