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Attorney pleads guilty in insurance fraud scheme

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Twin Cities personal injury attorney has pleaded guilty to defrauding auto-insurance companies by making false health care claims.

William Sutor III entered a plea on Monday, as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors, to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Sutor was accused of working with chiropractors to bill insurance companies for treatments that he knew the patient never received.

In June 2015, a so-called runner brought Sutor a prospective client. The following April, Sutor submitted a letter to the insurance company falsely stating the client, who was actually an undercover agent, had received chiropractic treatment totaling $24,000 to settle a bodily-injury claim, the Star Tribune reported.

The plea deal has prosecutors asking for 10 to 16 months, as well as much as $55,000 in fines and $14,600 in restitution.

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