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U.S. POSTAL SERVICE ISSUES ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING CHARGES AGAINST OSTEOPATH AND PATIENTS WITH INSURANCE FRAUD

 PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael J. Rotko, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, today announced the filing of a 16-count Information(A) charging a Philadelphia osteopath and 10 of his purported patients with participating in an insurance fraud scheme between 1987 and 1991.
 Specifically, the Information charges that osteopath Frank A. Delia, whose medical practice is at 714 Market St. in Philadelphia, prepared false and fraudulent medical bills and reports describing fictitious medical treatments for submission to insurance companies for use in personal injury claims. The bills and reports described medical treatments Dr. Delia and his staff had purportedly provided to patients who claimed to have been injured in automobile and other accidents. The claimed treatment, however, occurred rarely or not at all. Insurance companies against whom, the personal injury claims were filed settled the claims based on the fraudulent medical bills.
 The Information charges Delia with five counts of mail fraud in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1341. If convicted of all counts, Delia faces a maximum of penalty of 25 years in prison and a $1.25 million fine.
 Also charged today, each with one count of mail fraud in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1341, were the following individuals:
 -- Frank Allen, 46, 1741 Forrest Dr., Williamstown, N.J.
 -- John Berry, 25, 6708 Ditman Ave., Philadelphia
 -- Robert "Bud" Clayton, 42, 1230 Spencer St., Ivyland, Pa.
 -- Carol Eckert, 49, 391 Hampton Dr., Feasterville, Pa.
 -- Frances Giordano, 45, 1926 Fitzgerald St., Philadelphia
 -- William M. Nicholson, 35, 6960 Pawling St., Philadelphia
 -- Hazel Royal, 43, 118 S. 49th St., Philadelphia
 -- Alfred Verrechia, 47, 1254 S. Dover St., Philadelphia
 -- Carolyn Warchol, 33, 2621 Eddington St., Philadelphia
 If convicted of the counts charged, each of these individuals faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
 Also charged today with one count of wire fraud in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1343, was David S. Morris Jr., 32, of 6005 Bingham St. in Philadelphia. If convicted, Morris faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
 These charges arise from an investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joan L. Markman and Lee J. Dobkin.
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 (A) An Information is an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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 /CONTACT: S.B. Carle of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, 215-895-9459/


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