Amir Ryan Lahuti pleads guilty in scam with chiropractor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A personal injury attorney from Maryland has pleaded guilty to an insurance-fraud conspiracy in which he teamed up with a Virginia chiropractor to submit bogus claims.


Forty-five-year-old Amir Ryan Lahuti of Bethesda faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Court records show that authorities ran an undercover sting to unearth an operation in which Lahuti employed "runners" to recruit accident victims and refer them to chiropractor Jason Carle. He and Lahuti would pay the runners $500 to $1,200 for each recruit. The runners would coach individuals to fake or exaggerate injuries.

Lahuti admitted that he personally falsely claimed receiving treatment from Carle following a 2009 bicycle accident to extract an $11,000 insurance settlement.

Carle has pleaded guilty to related charges.

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