Oakdale Man Pleads Guilty for Role in Health Care Insurance Fraud Scheme

In federal court, an Oakdale man was found guilty of his involvement in a multi-million dollar insurance fraud conspiracy.

Okwuchukwu Emmanuel Jidoefor, 38, pled guilty to one count of mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis on Tuesday. On July 27, a sentencing hearing will be held.

Jidoefor and co-conspirators allegedly participated in a plot to defraud motor insurance companies by recruiting patients, faking accidents, and obtaining unlawful payments, according to allegations filed in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Jidoefor’s duty was that of a “runner,” someone who recruited persons who had been in vehicle accidents to visit coconspirator clinics for treatment.

According to federal investigators, the case is part of a wider investigation that has resulted in accusations against 26 persons across seven metro-area chiropractic offices. Twenty-four of them have either pled guilty or been convicted guilty after a trial.

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