Sentencing postponed for convicted Victor chiropractor

Published: 2011-09-19 07:45:06
Author: Melody Burri


Victor chiropractor Christopher Fronczak, convicted in May of  health care fraud, will have to wait until November 4 to learn the extent of his sentence, according to a U.S. District Court spokesperson.

Fronczak, 37, who pleaded guilty last May  before U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa, could receive a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing, originally scheduled for Sept. 7 before Judge Siragusa, is now rescheduled for Nov. 4 at 10:45 in U.S. District Court.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick, who is handling the case, stated that during the years 2005 and 2010, the defendant, while a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, executed a scheme to defraud Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a health care benefit program, by submitting reimbursement claims for services he did not perform.

Part of the scheme involved chiropractic services the defendant provided to college football players and other athletes at St. John Fisher College. Fronczak provided adjustments to the athletes after practices which took appropriately five minutes each but he submitted claims to Excellus for more expensive treatments which were not provided, including spinal manipulation, electrical stimulation, mechanical traction, manual therapy techniques, and an office visit. The claims submitted were virtually identical for each football player.

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 would lasted approximately 10 minutes. Despite this, Fronczak submitted claims for numerous visits which never took place and for services which were never rendered, including application of hot and cold packs, mechanical traction, electrical stimulation, manual therapy techniques, and spinal manipulation.