Conn. sentencing for attorney in insurance fraud

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — An attorney is facing sentencing in Connecticut for his role in an insurance fraud scheme.

Joseph Haddad of Orange is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Bridgeport.

Prosecutors say Haddad, a Bridgeport-based personal injury attorney, conspired with chiropractors and others to defraud insurance companies by exaggerating the auto accident injuries of his clients and the cost of their medical care, to justify larger monetary settlements. Authorities say the co-conspirators fabricated medical records, prescribed unnecessary pain medication and performed unnecessary chiropractic treatment.

Prosecutors say more than 10 insurance carriers lost at least $1.7 million as a result of the scheme.

Two chiropractors were sentenced Tuesday in the case. Jennifer Lynne of Milford received six months home confinement, while George DeCarvalho of Stamford received 90 hours of community service.

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