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2 Tarrant chiropractors indicted in staged accident scheme

DALLAS -- Two Tarrant County chiropractors have been indicted on federal charges related to a staged accident scheme that bilked insurance companies.

The indictment identified the chiropractors as Minh Huynh also known as Michael Huynh, 37, and Thien Tuan Vo, 37. Huynh was indicted this week on three counts of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of mail fraud. Vo was indicted on a charge of health care fraud.

Vo is scheduled to make a court appearance Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge William F. Sanderson. Huynh is set to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney Monday.

If convicted, the men face a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the health care fraud charges. Huynh also faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine on the mail fraud cases.

Vo had operated the First Injury Clinic at 3159 Denton Highway in Haltom City and Huyhn worked at First Injury Clinic at 787 E. Park Row in Arlington.

According to the indictments, Vo and Huynh operated their clinics to treat patients who reported that they had suffered personal injuries in an accident.

The patients would hire a law firm to process and submit claims to insurance companies arising from the staged accidents, according to the indictments. The law firm would refer the accident clients to chiropractors, including Vo and Huynh, who would create false and fraudulent treatment and billing records, according to the indictments.

Huynh and Vo would submit the bogus treatment and billing records to the firm for submission to insurance companies, according to federal authorities.

When a settlement check was received, the firm would issue checks to itself, the chiropractors and the accident clients, according to the indictments.

The indictment also alleged that the Huynh paid kickbacks to a legal assistant at a law firm for each client referred to him.

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