NJ Chiropractor Sentenced

On April 20, 2007 New Jersey Attorney General and Criminal Justice Director announced that a Bergen County chiropractor has been sentenced after pleading guilty for his role in a health care insurance fraud.
According to prosecutors, Marc Centrelli, 46, of Sparta, was ordered by Superior Court Judge William C. Meehan in Bergen County to pay $14,805 in fines and restitution, and to serve one year probation. In addition, Centrelli’s chiropractic license was suspended for three years and he must successfully complete an ethics course before resuming practice. The sentence was imposed pursuant to Centrelli’s guilty plea to filing fraudulent health care claims.
At the guilty plea hearing before Judge Meehan, Centrelli, a licensed chiropractor with an office in Fair Lawn, admitted that between April 30, 2003, and Feb. 11, 2004, he recklessly submitted more than $9,725 in insurance claims to the Selective Insurance Company pursuant to the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) portion of automobile insurance policies provided by the several insurance carriers. Centrelli admitted that the insurance claims were submitted for undelivered services. Investigators determined that, for many of the dates on which Centrelli submitted the claims, he was out of the office and not seeing patients.