Three former North Jersey chiropractors Including one from Ridgewood sentenced in insurance fraud scheme
Monday, September 16, 2013 Last updated: Monday September 16, 2013, 8:01 PM
BY JOHN PETRICK
Three former chiropractors from Bergen and Passaic counties were sentenced to five years of probation Monday for setting up a fraudulent practice in Paterson and cheating more than 30 insurance companies out of what prosecutors say was millions.
One of the three, Charles Nisivoccia, of Little Falls, was additionally sentenced to a year in the Passaic County Jail. Prosecutors say he was the architect and initiator of the scheme. Nisivoccia has until Sept. 23 to surrender and begin serving his sentence. The Passaic County Sheriff’s Department could agree to accept him by then into an alternative term of detention that would restrict his movements while he wore a monitoring bracelet.
Nisivoccia and co-defendants Marco Esposito, of Haledon, and Craig Klein, of Ridgewood, were also ordered by state Superior Court Judge Greta Gooden Brown in Paterson to forfeit their licenses for five years.
Nisivoccia and Klein were ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution, while Esposito was ordered to pay $50,000. That money will be distributed among the various victim insurance companies as the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office sees fit.
All three pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking in October. The pleas resulted from a yearlong investigation by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office’s Insurance Fraud Unit.