Desperate times call for desperate measures for a Chiropractic clinic owner named Sergei Kusyakov.  Kusyakov has been charged with “conspiracy to defraud the United States” for paying hospital employees to steal patient data.  According to several sources, “Kusyakov employed runners to gather people to participate in staged car accidents, so those people could seek treatment at Kusyakov's clinics and bill the insurance companies for treatment.”

Authorities claim that Kusyakov “obtained private information about patients through Dale Munroe II and his wife, Katrina Munroe, who worked at Florida Hospital's Celebration campus.”  Dale Monroe apparently “accessed more than 763,000 records for patients treated at various Florida Hospital locations.”

Kusyakov has “pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, and four counts of making a payment to a non-licensed physician.”  Dale and Katrina Munroe each pleaded guilty to federal charges as well.

According to ABA Journal, Kusyakov “faces up to 15 years in prison.”

What is Conspiracy?

A conspiracy is “an agreement between two or more persons with the specific intent to enter into the agreement and to achieve the objective of the agreement.”  Moreover, a conspiracy requires a meeting of guilty minds.  Most states also require a slight overt act in furtherance of the agreement, such as casing the bank if the crime was a robbery.

What are your thoughts?