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15 California chiropractors charged in insurance scam

May 4, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fifteen Southern California chiropractors have been charged with a $6 million insurance and kickback scheme involving phony car crash medical claims.

Los Angeles County prosecutors announced Friday that the chiropractors are accused of filing fake auto collision medical claims with their patients’ insurance companies. Authorities say the companies were bilked out of about $500,000.

Most of the defendants were arrested on Thursday.

Prosecutors say the alleged ringleader, Yury Chernega of Studio City, received $6 million in illegal kickbacks to refer some patients to the other 14 chiropractors. He could face nearly 19 years in prison if convicted. It’s unclear whether Chernega has an attorney.