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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Westport Lawyer Gets 8 Months in Insurance Fraud Scheme

A federal judge in New Haven has sentenced a Westport lawyer to eight months in jail as a result of his guilty plea in an insurance fraud scheme.

U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Atherton Wednesday sentenced Bruce J. Corrigan, 58, a personal injury lawyer who has offices at 1853 Post Road East and lives in Fairfield, to eight months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

She also ordered him to pay a fine of $10,000, as well as make $6,258 restitution to MetLife. The restitution represented the court costs and fee Corrigan took out of an $18,500 settlement he negotiated for an undercover FBI agent.

Corrigan, who pleaded guilty in January, encouraged the agent to obtain a false loss of earnings statement from a friend who ran a landscaping business. (See WestportNow Jan. 4, 2007)

Corrigan agreed to a temporary suspension of his license to practice law. He may reapply following his release.

The undercover agent sought Corrigan’s assistance, claiming he was rear-ended by a hit and run driver while exiting I-95 in Norwalk.

He claimed to have lower back and neck pain and received treatment from Dr. Richard Fogel, 51, of Cedargate Lane, Westport, who operated the East End Chiropractic Center in Norwalk.

Fogel previously pleaded guilty, admitting that he falsified medical records for individuals involved in personal injury cases. He agreed to pay $1.1 million in restitution. (See WestportNow May 25, 2006)


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