Chiropractor Defrauded Workers' Comp System

Published: 2011-06-08 04:27:48
Author: | May 24, 2011

A chiropractor who operated the Spine and Joint Rehabilitation Center in Maywood for more than a decade was recently sentenced to 70 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to healthcare fraud. The chiropractor admitted that he and others submitted false or inflated claims resulting in more than $1.4 million in payments from workers’ compensation and other insurers for services that were not provided. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $1,450,202 by U.S. District Judge John Grady, Northern District of Illinois.

Investigators from numerous federal agencies found that from at least 2000 through June 2009, the chiropractor, along with at least one doctor, a billing employee and others, falsified claims by forging doctors’ signatures on documents indicating that treatment or tests had been ordered or provided. The conspirators knew that workers’ comp would not accept a chiropractor’s opinions or reports as medical evidence to support patients’ claims, authorities charged.

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