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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Man convicted in fake accident scam

SHREWSBURY

A former Shrewsbury man was convicted in federal court in Boston on Friday of participating in a false automobile accident scheme in which insurance companies were billed for medical tests on alleged car accident victims that were never performed.

A federal trial jury convicted Severin Yelaun, 32, formerly of Shrewsbury Green, of 26 counts of mail fraud, and one count each of health care fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

According to records at the Worcester Registry of Deeds, Mr. Yelaun lost his Shrewsbury condominium through a court order enforced in September.

Prosecutors produced evidence during the two-week trial showing that Mr. Yelaun was a principal in Massachusetts businesses that provided physical therapy and diagnostic tests to patients injured in automobile accidents. Three co-defendants, David Tamaren of Marblehead, John Montoni of Gloucester, and Igor Moyseyev of Newtonville, all had previously pleaded guilty to participating in the scam. The scam allegedly exceeded $150,000, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office yesterday.

Sentencing for Mr. Yelaun was scheduled for March 16.

-- Telegram & Gazette of Worcester

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