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May 20, 11

NEWS / Maryland Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Jason Carle, 38, of Falls Church, Va., pled guilty yesterday to conspiring to commit wire fraud for his role in an insurance fraud scheme.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Liam O’Grady.

Carle faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 29, 2011.

Carle is a chiropractor who is licensed to practice in Maryland and owns and operates clinics in Silver Spring, Md., and Oxon Hill, Md. According to court documents, Carle had an ongoing business relationship with personal injury attorney Amir Ryan Lahuti, a/k/a Ryan A. Lahuti, wherein the two would refer clients to one another. In May 2009, Lahuti was involved in an accident during which he was reportedly hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle. Lahuti subsequently contacted Carle and asked Carle to create a patient file for him to document purported treatment related to the bike accident that Lahuti could use to submit a fraudulent insurance claim.

Carle admitted that he never examined Lahuti or treated him for any injuries sustained in the accident, but fabricated patient files to document more than $7,000 in treatment that he purportedly provided to Lahuti on 32 different occasions between May and August 2009. Carle also created documentation that falsely stated that Lahuti was totally incapacitated and out of work for two weeks after the date of the accident.

Court documents state that Lahuti used the false documents created by Carle to file a fraudulent bodily injury insurance claim with GEICO in November 2009. Lahuti used the same documentation to also file a false Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim with GEICO. Lahuti demanded a $140,000 settlement from GEICO but eventually settled the bodily injury claim for $11,000 and the PIP claim for approximately $6,400. Carle received approximately $3,500 of the settlement money for his role in the scheme.

Amir Ryan Lahuti has been charged in a criminal indictment with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud for his involvement in this scheme and is scheduled to stand trial on the charges on June 6, 2011.

This case was investigated by the FBI Washington Field Office, with assistance from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Assistant United States Attorney Marla Tusk and Special Assistant United States Attorney Alexander Berlin are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.


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