December 28, 2017 05:11 PM
A federal jury has convicted a Minneapolis chiropractor and two associates of fraud for their roles in a multi-million dollar insurance conspiracy, the state commerce department says.
Thirty-three-year-old Adam Burke of Minneapolis, a licensed chiropractor, hired two men to recruit vehicle accident victims to attend treatments at his clinic, Burke Chiropractic Center, according to a release from the Department of Commerce.
He then paid $1,000-$2,000 per patient in kickbacks to those runners – 26-year-old Abdirahin Ibrahim, of St. Paul, and 36-year-old Dana Kidd, of Elk River – in the form of checks with false descriptions written in the memos.
As part of the scheme, Burke required Ibrahim and Kidd to set up fake limited liability companies that sounded like legitimate businesses in an effort to further disguise the money, the release says.
He wrote more than 280 checks totaling more than $590,000 to the men.
Burke would allegedly withhold the kickbacks to Ibrahim and Kidd until the recruited patients had attended a minimum number of treatments, according to the release. His accomplices would then kick money down to the patients they recruited in an effort to keep them coming back to the clinic.
The release says Burke would refer patients to personal injury attorneys, as well. He instructed his runners to advise the patients that following through on treatment sessions at the clinic would result in a bigger insurance settlement, the release says.
The commerce department says Burke billed millions of dollars to auto insurance companies as a result of the scheme.
Each man was convicted of on one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Burke was further convicted of 12 counts of mail fraud, Ibrahim of 3 counts of mail fraud and Kidd of one count.
The men were initially indicted in December of 2016. The convictions followed a two-week jury trial.
The commerce department's fraud bureau and the FBI investigated the case.
Updated: December 28, 2017 05:11 PM
Created: December 28, 2017 04:00 PM
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