Woman who billed Cigna for phony chiropractic work sentenced to prison

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Esther Obrzut By Jennifer Thomas Esther Obrzut By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix woman will go to prison after collecting nearly $700,000 in insurance money for chiropractic work that never happened.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office announced Monday that Esther Obrzut, 42, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for forgery and five years probation for fraudulent schemes and artifices.

She'll also have to pay $653,000 in restitution to Cigna Health and Life Insurance.

Prosecutors said while Obrzut was employed by two chiropractors, she billed Cigna for $1.1 million for 4,490 treatments for herself, her husband and her two minor children between 2003 and 2011.

An investigation by the Arizona Department of Insurance determined that $684,545 was paid out for treatments never received by Obrzut or her family. The checks were sent to Obrzut's home address.

"Medical insurance fraud is a significant crime because it drains resources that insurers need to make sure that people who are truly sick get the treatment they need," Attorney General Tom Horne said. "My office is committed to vigorous prosecution of fraud and I am very pleased to see that the perpetrator in this case will not only pay restitution, but will spend time behind bars."