Victor chiropractor pleads guilty to health care fraud

Published: 2011-05-12 10:43:30
Author: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | May 11, 2011

A Victor chiropractor has pleaded guilty to health care fraud.

Federal prosecutors said today that Christopher Fronczak, 37, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick, who is handling the case, said in a statement that during the years 2005 and 2010, Fronczak executed a scheme to defraud Excellus BlueCross BlueShield by submitting reimbursement claims for services he did not perform. The total loss to Excellus was more than $200,000.

Part of the scheme involved chiropractic services that the defendant provided to college football players and other athletes at St. John Fisher College, prosecutors said. Fronczak provided adjustments to the athletes after practices that took about five minutes each, but he submitted claims to Excellus for more expensive treatments that were not provided. The claims submitted were virtually identical for each football player, prosecutors said.

In another case, a 45 year-old patient was treated for shoulder pain once or twice a month. This patient never received mechanical traction and most visits lasted about 10 minutes, prosecutors said, but Fronczak submitted claims for numerous visits that never took place and for services which were never rendered.

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