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Associated Press, Published October 14 2013

Federal suit accuses 46 chiropractors in kickback scheme

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal lawsuit accuses a diagnostic imaging company and 46 chiropractors of engaging in an elaborate kickback scheme aimed at defrauding Minnesota's no-fault insurance system.

Illinois Farmers Insurance and its subsidiaries filed the $1.9 million lawsuit Monday against Mobile Diagnostic Imaging Inc., its owner and the chiropractors.

The Insurance Federation of Minnesota says it's the largest no-fault lawsuit since the state's law was put in place in 1974.

The law requires insurance companies to pay a minimum of $20,000 for medical expenses regardless of who is at fault in an auto accident.

The insurance companies allege that Edina-based Mobile Diagnostic Imaging and its owner, Michael Appleman, paid 46 chiropractors kickbacks for ordering MRIs, which Farmers claims were not always medically necessary.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/19NH8LA ) reports Appleman declined to comment.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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