Thursday, June 2, 2011

Chiropractor pleads guilty to making false statements under oath

A chiropractor with several clinics in Pierce and King counties has pleaded guilty to making false statements under oath during insurance-related depositions.

Alnoor Haider Bhanji, 43, of Issaquah, pleaded guilty to three counts of false swearing in King County Superior Court on Tuesday.

In depositions in three different lawsuits (in 2007, 2008 and 2010) involving insurers, Bhanji lied under oath. The false statements included:

• claiming that he didn’t know who owned his Federal Way clinic building,

• claiming that his brother was not associated with the chiropractic business in any way,

• and repeatedly denying knowing an individual who had a long history of bringing patients to Dr. Bhanji.

Each count is a gross misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a fine of $5,000.

Sentencing is set for June 17.

How does a ticket affect my insurance rate?

A new study shows just how damaging speeding tickets or other moving violation citations can be to your insurance rates.

Insurance.com did an analysis of more than 32,000 insurance policies sold last year, and concluded that a single violation on a driver's record drove up rates by an average of 18 percent. Drivers with two violations paid an average of 34 percent more, and those with three paid 53 percent more.

Some of the violations that affect your auto insurance rates are no surprise: a DUI, for example, or fleeing from police, or wrong-way driving. But an improper passing citation also counts, as does failure to use a proper child restraint.

What typically doesn't count? Parking tickets.

Your driving record, of course, isn't the only thing that auto insurers consider. Here are some of the other factors that affect the cost of your auto insurance.