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609.612 EMPLOYMENT OF RUNNERS.
    Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) As used in this section, the following terms have the
meanings given.
(b) "Public media" means telephone directories, professional directories, newspapers and
other periodicals, radio and television, billboards, and mailed or electronically transmitted written
communications that do not involve in-person contact with a specific prospective patient or client.
(c) "Runner," "capper," or "steerer" means a person who for a pecuniary gain procures
patients or clients at the direction of, or in cooperation with, a health care provider when the
person knows or has reason to know that the provider's purpose is to fraudulently perform or
obtain services or benefits under or relating to a contract of motor vehicle insurance. The term
does not include a person who procures clients through public media.
    Subd. 2. Act constituting. Whoever employs, uses, or acts as a runner, capper, or steerer is
guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than three years or to a
payment of a fine of not more than $6,000, or both. Charges for any services rendered by a health
care provider, who violated this section in regard to the person for whom such services were
rendered, are noncompensable and unenforceable as a matter of law.
History: 2002 c 331 s 15