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SAN JOSE — The Santa Clara County district attorney’s office said Tuesday that it had broken up separate insurance fraud rings, and in doing so caught two lawyers in its dragnet. The first, Burlingame attorney David Peter Weaver Jr., allegedly allowed a man to use his name and State Bar number to process fraudulent insurance claims. Weaver has been arrested and charged with 21 counts of grand theft and conspiracy, Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney Stanley Voyles said. “There’s a little case here and a little case there and pretty soon you’re talking about a large amount of money,” Voyles said at a news conference announcing the charges. The DA’s office was joined by California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi. Authorities said Teodoro “Ted” Alvarez, 46, operated personal injury law offices in San Francisco and Millbrae using Weaver’s bar number. Alvarez is also accused of paying “cappers” to refer cases to his office and then sending clients to selected chiropractors, who allegedly paid Alvarez kickbacks for each referral. The chiropractors would then run up large bills allegedly used in bogus insurance claims. Alvarez, who faces 26 counts of grand theft and 13 counts of paying a chiropractor for referrals and other charges, is also accused of stealing from clients by collecting attorneys fees when no legitimate lawyer reviewed cases. Alvarez settled $427,518 worth of claims in 2000 and $470,534 in 2001. All said, a grand jury returned 46 counts against six defendants in the case, including two chiropractors. Weaver earned his law degree from Northwestern University, according to State Bar records. Records indicate that Weaver was suspended for a month in 1991. Contacted by phone, Weaver read a short statement questioning his arrest. “I’m a bit in the dark,” Weaver said. “I was informed initially that the charge would be ‘capping.’ I was informed last week for the first time that the charges are much more egregious, and I’m still trying to figure out the factual basis of these charges.” Weaver refused further comment on the case. When asked about the nature of the 1991 discipline action, he said he could not remember the incident. In the second case, authorities announced the arrest of Hume Joseph Jung, 35, of El Cerrito, for insurance fraud. His Oakland-based Jung Law Firm specializes in personal injury cases. Prosecutors said the Jung case began in 2003 when an undercover officer called the Jung Law Firm about an automobile accident. The officer later met office manager James Kisik Son, who was charged with insurance fraud and capping. The officer allegedly told Son, 44, of Fremont, that he wasn’t injured. But Jung nevertheless urged the officer to pursue a personal injury claim. The case resulted in an $8,300 insurance settlement, prosecutors said. Son also allegedly offered to pay the officer for future referrals and sent him to a chiropractor. The officer insisted he wasn’t injured, but chiropractors worked on him and told him “he could make some money,” according to authorities. Reached at his office, Jung said the case was “pure entrapment,” and vowed “to have his day in court.” “I’m pleading innocence and I will vindicate myself by fighting all the way,” he said. “If I did anything wrong it was to trust someone too much,” he said of his former officer manager. A profile of Jung on his firm’s Web site says that he was vice president of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco from 1999-2000. The Web site of the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California lists Jung as a board member.

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