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Marathon-running chiro in Maryland pleads guilty to faking injury

December 10, 2013, Frederick, MD — A chiropractor who ran marathons while trying to scam an insurance company with a bogus injury claim could end up in prison after pleading guilty Monday to a federal fraud charge.

The false statements in heath care matters count to which Lawrence S. Herman pleaded guilty carries a penalty of up to 5 years behind bars.

Herman, 47, lives in Frederick, Md, and operates Herman Chiropractic in Waynesboro, Franklin County. He entered his plea before U.S. Middle District Senior Judge Sylvia H. Rambo under an agreement with prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith said.

Investigators claim Herman ran his con after being involved in a traffic accident in August 2011 in Maryland. He wasn't hurt, prosecutors contend, but still filed an injury claim with the U.S. Automobile Association insurance company, and even hired a Baltimore law firm to sue USAA for $60,000.

To promote the scam, Herman had a chiropractor who worked for him file false records on a fictitious business letterhead listing treatment Herman supposedly received for non-existent neck and back injuries, investigators claim.

While running the con, Herman also was running in full- and half-marathons and 5K and 10K races, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Douglas Daniel said.

Source: Penn Live

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