Bryan Chiropractic Clinic Owner Convicted in $3 Million Automobile Insurance Fraud
Lindsey always prescribed the same six treatments but the patients usually received only two – ice/heat packs and electric stimulation. Young knew the patients were not receiving most of the treatments prescribed and that they were not going for treatments on many of the days reflected on the Private Chiropractic Care bills. Young knew the false Private Chiropractic Care billing was prepared at the law firm and that the fraudulent bills were used as support for settlement demand letters sent to auto insurance companies. The insurance settlement checks, which were spilt between Young and others. Young also participated in the scheme to defraud the insurance companies as an accident client of the law firm. Three separate checks, totaling nearly $5000, were sent and made payable to Young and the law firm to settle an accident claim which was based on fraudulent chiropractic bills produced at the firm. Young never received the treatments reflected on the bills sent to the insurance companies. The scheme to defraud the automobile insurance companies resulted in the submission of more than $3 million in false billing claims. The insurance companies paid at least $1.2 million in false claims during 2007-2009.
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Chiropractor follows patients to Oil Patch
The men who moved to northwest North Dakota to work in the Oil Patch struggled to find chiropractors available and called “Dr. Steve” for help. “The area’s been so overrun with so many men, there’s not enough practitioners up here to serve those needs,” Alexander told The Forum newspaper ( http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/399594/ ). Alexander, 43, who practiced for 12 years as a chiropractic physician in Las Vegas, decided to develop a chiropractic rehab clinic on wheels. He invested $200,000 in a 57-foot RV that is customized with a digital X-ray machine, examination room and other technology. Alexander has been working in North Dakota full time since last October, primarily serving residents of the Target Logistics crew camps in Tioga, Williston, Watford City and Dickinson. He parks his MaxHealth Mobile unit in the camp parking lots and takes appointments as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as 11:30 p.m. to accommodate the workers’ long hours and different work shifts. Alexander also provides on-site care for employees of energy service companies. He estimates he’s seen more than 2,000 patients from more than 40 states since October. Many men have told Alexander that they would postpone seeking treatment because it was too difficult for them to take time off from work to drive to the closest town for an appointment. “I’ve come across quite a few men living off a bottle of aspirin a week.
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He further admitted he operated Private Chiropractic Care clinic as a front to allow fraudulent chiropractic bills to be created for treatments that were never performed and then used as support for fraudulent settlement demand letters sent to auto insurance companies. During the course of the conspiracy, Young received checks and cash from the firm totaling approximately $112,000. Once represented by the firm, clients were sent to Private Chiropractic to be evaluated by chiropractor and co-defendant Chase Lindsey, 34. Lindsey pleaded guilty earlier this year, admitting he entered into an agreement with the office manager of that same law firm. Lindsey agreed to provide medical evaluations of and recommend treatment for those patients in exchange for $2,000 in cash per month, which totaled approximately $58,000 during the course of the conspiracy. Lindsey routinely prescribed medically unnecessary treatment which was provided, if at all, by unlicensed, untrained, and unqualified individuals and never supervised the treatments allegedly administered by these unqualified individuals. Lindsey always prescribed the same six treatments, but the patients usually received only two—ice/heat packs and electric stimulation. Lindsey prescribed the treatments be done three to four times per week for five to six weeks, but the patients usually went once a week for three to four weeks. Young knew the patients were not receiving most of the treatments prescribed and that they were not going for treatments on many of the days reflected on the Private Chiropractic Care bills.
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