Chiropractor charged for allegedly bilking Utah elderly

Published: 2012-04-18 12:55:10
Author: Heather May And Kirsten Stewart


As soon as Betty Burgener learned it would cost $6,000 for chiropractor Brandon Babcock to "reverse" her type II diabetes, she said no.


But she alleges she was "tricked" into signing up for a credit card — she thought she was filling out a new patient form — and "about had a heart attack" when she received a $6,000 bill from a credit card company in the mail.

The 80-year-old is one of Babcock’s 11 alleged victims. The 37-year-old West Jordan chiropractor was charged Monday with 10 counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult and one count of communications fraud, all felonies.

Burgener, who claims her health was damaged during the two weeks she followed Babcock’s program, said she is frustrated that Babcock remains allowed to practice. The allegations of elderly abuse started in 2010; she met with him two months ago.

"I just want him to take care of my credit card and I want him off the streets so he doesn’t do this to someone else," she said Tuesday. "He’s taking advantage of older people that have diabetes."

Babcock was booked Monday into the Salt Lake County Jail and posted $200,000 bail on Tuesday. He did not return a phone call to his office for comment.