William K. Sutor III, a Minnesota-based personal injury attorney, pled guilty to felony charges pertaining to a health care conspiracy to increase the amount billed to auto insurance companies following car accidents. Sutor entered a guilty plea this week, and, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, worked with a network of case runners and chiropractors in the fraudulent act.
According to court documents, the scheme began around March 2015 and continued for approximately two years. Within this time, Sutor paid $300 fees to patient recruiters, also referred to as “runners” in court documents, who referred car accident victims to him, while the unnamed chiropractors paid the runners $1,000 to $1,500 to help trigger larger insurance claims through fraudulent bills.
“The defendant, William Kyle Sutor, did willfully and knowingly conspire, combine, and agree with other persons known and unknown, to execute and attempt to execute a scheme and artifice to defraud a health care benefit program affecting commerce, that is, automobile insurance policies provided pursuant to the Minnesota No-Fault Automobile Insurance Act, and to obtain, by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, and concealment of material facts, any money and property owned by, and under the custody and control of said health care benefit program, in connection with the delivery of and payment for health care benefits, items, and services,” a portion of court documents read.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota stated that Sutor pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
“This defendant, a personal injury attorney, participated in an all too common health care fraud scheme involving a network of chiropractors and runners,” U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald said in a statement. “The number one goal of the scheme was to steal money from insurance providers, resulting in higher premiums for Minnesota consumers. This is unacceptable.”
According to court documents, Sutor was charged on December 30, 2019. His plea agreement states there were at least three cases that happened between 2015 and 2016. According to the filed sentencing stipulations, Sutor is cooperating with investigators and will be sentenced at a later time.
Currently there is no date filed for Sutor’s sentencing. Look to a future edition of glassBYTEs for continued coverage of the suit.