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Tearful ex-lawyer gets seven months in prison

A former Maryland lawyer implicated in a Washington-area insurance fraud investigation was sentenced Friday to seven months in prison for submitting faked medical records to bolster his own personal injury claim.

A. Ryan Lahuti also was ordered to reimburse GEICO for his $17, 435 claim settlement and to pay a $25,000 fine.  He will be on probation for three years following his release from prison, performing 200 hours of community service, according to a sentencing order.

Lahuti wept as he apologized to U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga, according to a courtroom spectator. Lahuti had previously surrendered his law license following his guilty plea to wire fraud conspiracy.

The chiropractor who prepared phony treatment records to beef up Lahuti’s injury claim was sentenced earlier to six months in prison followed by four months of home confinement. A “runner” who admitted recruiting accident victims for fraudulent claims received a 26-month sentence.

Federal authorities have said their investigation of personal injury insurance fraud continues.

By Peter Vieth

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