Attorney General Pruitt Charges Oklahoma City Couple with Insurance Fraud
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Fraud Unit has filed two charges against an Oklahoma City couple for allegedly devising a scheme to obtain insurance money.
Hai Thanh Tien, 41, a licensed chiropractor who operates Extended Rehabilitation and Pain Management Clinic, and Mandy Nguyet Phan, 40, owner and manager of Universal Law Offices, were arrested after being charged in Oklahoma County District Court with one count of filing a false insurance claim and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.
According to the charges, the couple allegedly made counter-referrals with each other’s businesses between September 2009 and January 2010. Tien and his clinic allegedly provided treatment to patients who claimed injuries in personal injury cases. Phan and her office would represent the same individuals when they sought compensation from insurance companies. Tien allegedly inflated the number of treatment sessions to the insurance companies in support of a claim for compensation.
A joint investigation was conducted by the FBI, the Oklahoma Insurance Department and the National Insurance Claims Bureau. Oklahoma City Police assisted the FBI in an undercover operation where treatment and legal representation were sought following a fictitious car accident. The officer made one office visit, butTien reported 20 visits in less than two months. The inflated billing resulted in a higher settlement with the insurance company, which Phan helped negotiate.
The Attorney General’s Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Fraud Unit is the only Oklahoma law enforcement agency dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of workers’ compensation fraud. The Unit also helps raise public awareness of insurance fraud in Oklahoma.