Chiropractor admits role in multi-million medical fraud

Published: 2011-12-12 15:14:25
Author: Michael P. Mayko | CT Post | December 7, 2011

A chiropractor who owns practices here and in Stamford became the fourth person to plead guilty to charges arising out of a multi million-dollar medical fraud exposed during a 14-month undercover FBI investigation into treatment provided automobile accident victims.

Marc Kirshner, 46, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit mail fraud by billing insurance companies for medical care to patients whose injuries in automobile accidents were exaggerated.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Schmeisser said the government is seeking nearly $1.7 million in restitution from Kirshner.

The prosecutor said a preliminary calculation of the federal sentencing guidelines determined that Kirshner faces anywhere from 51 to 63 months in prison when sentenced. Kirshner was released on bond and is represented by Edward Gavin, a local lawyer who was part of former Mayor Joseph Ganim's criminal defense team.

He asked U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill to delay sentencing until after the investigation is concluded. An elderly local attorney is among those being investigated.

So far, Underhill has accepted guilty pleas from Francisco Carbone, a 53-year-old former medical doctor; Dr. James W. Marshall, who operates Immediate Medical Care in Monroe, and Jennifer A. Netter, a local chiropractor. All are expected to testify at trial.

Kirshner operated Health First Medical, which had offices on Main and Broad Street here and the Chiropractic Center and Midas Medical, the latter a diagnostic testing company, both on Summer Street in Stamford.

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