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Lawyers’ runner gets two years in prison

A 20-year career connecting accident victims to lawyers, which included helping fabricate and exaggerate claims, has ended with a 26-month prison sentence for a Maryland man.

Kenny Williams was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis for his role in a personal injury operation that included at least one dishonest lawyer and a complicit chiropractor.

Williams acknowledged he coached claimants to fake or magnify their injuries. His actions as a “runner” allegedly led to insurance losses between $400,000 and $1 million.

Williams’ lawyers contended he was only a low-level player in a conspiracy fostered by lawyers and doctors who reaped its profits.

Williams and others involved, including former Maryland lawyer Ryan Lahuti, were prosecuted in Virginia because some of the claims at issue were submitted to a GEICO office in Fredericksburg.

Lahuti pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and faces sentencing next month.

By Peter Vieth

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