S.C. man sentenced to 37 months for swindle He and daughter devised scheme at city clinic

June 30, 1998|By Michael James | Michael James,SUN STAFF

The 72-year-old father of one of Maryland's most notorious con artists was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison yesterday for helping his daughter run a $3 million insurance RTC swindle at a downtown Baltimore clinic.

Maurice Wilson was ordered to pay more than $30,000 in restitution to insurance companies and back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. Wilson was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg.

Wilson's daughter, Deborah S. Kolodner, 42, is serving a 27-month federal sentence for the same scheme. Kolodner, who admitted in U.S. District Court in Baltimore that her insatiable thirst for wealth drove her to be a bunco artist, had enlisted her father's help in running a fraudulent physical therapy clinic called Industrial Medical.

Prosecutors called the business "a fraud factory" that overcharged huge amounts to insurance companies that believed they were paying for accident victims' therapy. But the therapy was hardly ever performed.

Industrial Medical -- through Kolodner and Wilson -- was submitting false claims for services it never rendered. It also double-billed insurance companies for X-rays, inflated costs of therapy, filed false legal claims through its law office and cheated a Florida factoring company of more than $2 million by selling off accounts receivable that it didn't have.

Kolodner was the mastermind of the business, which she used to finance a $1.5 million condominium in Bal Harbour, Fla., and a $3,000-a-month penthouse at the Anchorage in Canton. She also bought numerous flashy cars, including four Bentleys, two Mercedes-Benzes, a Jaguar and a Rolls Royce, IRS documents show.

Wilson ran Industrial Medical's on-site pharmacy, which purported to be treating patients' aches and pains from auto accidents. Witnesses testified at Wilson's trial in March that he often wore a white lab coat and gave clients the impression that he was a doctor, though he had actually been a meat seller most of his life.

In March, a jury convicted Wilson -- who lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- of three counts of mail fraud and two counts of tax evasion. The case was the culmination of an investigation by the IRS, FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Pub Date: 6/30/98

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