Westmoreland chiropractor indicted for fraud in West Virginia

Published: 2011-08-04 13:25:12
Author: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

 A West Virginia federal grand jury Tuesday indicted a Westmoreland County chiropractor on 33 counts of health care fraud, four counts of tax evasion and one count of interfering with revenue laws.

Joseph J. Yurigan, 60, of New Alexandria owned and operated Weirton Chiropractic Clinic in Weirton, W.Va., and Wheeling Spine Center in Wheeling, W.Va. From January 2004 until at least December 2009, he billed for office visits, physical therapy and other rehabilitation procedures that were not performed, prosecutors say. He also concealed part of his income from tax officials between 2005 and 2008, prosecutors say.

The charge of interfering with revenue laws is based on Yurigan trying to hide his assets by mixing his business and personal finances in the same bank account, destroying business records and putting real and personal property in his children's names, prosecutors say.

As part of the prosecution, the government is seeking the forfeiture of at least $750,000 in cash as well as real property in Tyler County, W.Va., and two Mercedes-Benzes.