MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Brooklyn Center chiropractor and three St. Paul residents are accused of defrauding Minnesota insurance companies out of $1.2 million in an alleged scheme involving fraudulent injury claims.
A federal grand jury indicted the four last week, a few weeks after the chiropractor's office manager pleaded guilty to fraud charges in exchange for cooperating with authorities. The St. Paul residents allegedly were paid fees to find patients for the clinic, according to court papers.
Industry officials told the Star Tribune they expect more indictments. Federal officials would not comment.
"There are other investigations," said Pat McCann, manager of the special investigations unit for Progressive Insurance.
McCann would not comment in detail about those cases, but said Progressive participated in the FBI investigation of Dr. Stephen Erhart of Advantage Plus Chiropractic Center, who was indicted last week. Erhart was also charged with possession of cocaine and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Thanh Nguyen, 33, Chau Van Nguyen and Thanh Cong Van, 45, were charged with recruiting patients for the Brooklyn Center clinic, the indictment said.
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