fraud conviction and whose license was
pulled by the state. Carbone then completed injury reports and provided permanent disability ratings, often without
physically examining clients.
Authorities say that Haddad occasionally would send clients with instructions
to Dr. James Marshall, who operated Immediate Medical Care in Monroe, Conn.
(Marshall would later plead guilty to
charges related to filing fraudulent medical claims). Next, Marshall would write
prescriptions for narcotic pain killers,
and similar to Carbone, would often do
so without actually examining the patient.
Those fees associated with unnecessary
diagnostic tests certainly add up. For example, chiropractors who sent a patient
for a nerve conductivity test provided by
Kirschner’s Midas Medical (another business implicated in the FBI probe) would
typically receive a kickback on the $2,000
bill, according to the FBI.
Haddad negotiated a plea agreement
with prosecutors and is the seventh person to plead guilty as a result of Operation
Running Man. The others who copped to
their crimes are Dr. James Marshall and
Francisco Carbone, along with four chiropractors: Marc Kirshner, who owned and
operated clinics in Bridgeport and Stamford as well as Midas Medical, LLC, a diagnostic testing company; George DeCar-valho; Jennifer Lynne; and Jennifer Netter.
All are currently awaiting sentencing.
In late December, Haddad appeared
before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill and admitted guilt to charges of
conspiring to commit mail fraud and
mail fraud, both of which carry maximum 20-year terms. However, he agreed
not to appeal any sentence of 63 months
or less imposed by Underhill on March
28. That agreement is part of a plea-bargain deal coordinated by Assistant
U.S. Attorneys Christopher Schmeisser
and David Sheldon and Haddad’s lawyer,
John R. Williams.
Additionally, Haddad agreed to pay
$1,758,368 in restitution to the various
insurers he helped defraud. These include
Nationwide, Travelers, Progressive, Metropolitan and Esurance.
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