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Waynesboro chiropractor gets prison for fake injury claim

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A Waynesboro chiropractor will spend five months in a federal prison for submitting false personal injury claims to his insurance company.

Lawrence S. Herman, 47, must also serve five months of home detention following his release from prison and spend one year on supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.

Herman, the owner of Herman Chiropractic, pleaded guilty to a count of false statements in health care matters in December.

He claimed he had been treated by a chiropractor for neck and back injuries following a 2011 car crash in Maryland, and when his insurance company did not honor his claim, Herman hired a lawyer and demanded $60,000 from USAA Insurance; $17,527 for reimbursement of treatment and the remainder for pain and suffering.

During his guilty plea, authorities said Herman admitted the treatment records were phony and were created, at his direction, by a chiropractor who worked for him.

To conceal the fact that the chiropractor worked for him, Herman allegedly created a fictitious business letterhead.

Smith added that Herman was not seriously injured in the fender-bender, and participated in several 5K, 10K and marathon foot races during the time he supposedly was being treated.

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