HOUSTON, TX—Bryan chiropractor Chase Lindsey, 44, and four other residents are named in a 31-count indictment unsealed Tuesday that charges conspiracy and mail fraud in an alleged scheme to defraud auto insurance companies of more than $3 million, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said.
The indictment, handed up on Nov. 28, names Lindsey, who’s part owner of Lindsey Chiropractic Care in Bryan; Marion Young, 52; Edward Graham, 46; Brittany Jessie, 23, and Earlie Dickerson, 50, who was office manager of the Bryan office of Sanjoh & Associates Law Firm and part-owner along with Young, Graham and Jessie of several other chiropractic clinics in Bryan.
Dickerson and Jessie appeared Tuesday before a U.S. magistrate in Waco and Lindsey and Young appeared before a federal magistrate in Houston.
Lindsey was freed after posting $75,000 bond and Young was ordered to remain in custody pending a detention hearing Wednesday morning.
Graham is expected to appear Wednesday before the magistrate in Houston.
The indictment alleges that Dickerson used his position at the law firm to recruit victims of traffic accidents as clients and then sent them to the clinics he, Young, Graham and Jessie owned or to Lindsey’s clinic.
The indictment says Lindsey, who served as the chiropractor at all four of the clinics, would recommend medically unnecessary therapeutic treatments for the clients whom Dickerson sent in return for about $2,000 a month, which was usually in paid cash.
Then, the indictment says, Lindsey allowed fraudulent bills under his name from the clinics to be submitted by the law firm to various auto insurance companies, which paid the law firm and its clients more than $1.5 million based on the fraudulent claims.
The alleged scheme ran from February 2007 through December 2009, prosecutors said.