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Louisiana chiropractor facing 34 fraud, identity theft charges

Not every violation of the law is equal to every other violation. A financial crime, especially when the aggrieved party is the federal government, might seem insignificant in the scheme of things compared to a violent crime such as assault or attempted murder. However, as our Louisiana readers can probably guess, the federal government doesn't generally look the other way just because an alleged crime doesn't physically harm someone.

This is the situation facing a chiropractor in Covington, Louisiana, right now. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on almost three dozen counts of fraud and identity theft regarding his practice. Thirty of the charges involve health care fraud, an area of criminal law that has been strictly enforced over the last several months.

The U.S. attorney says that the man issued bills to government programs, including Medicaid and Medicare, as well as to private insurers for services and products that he did not actually provide to his clients. In particular, the man was accused of billing the insurers to cover the cost of back braces that cost almost $1,000. Rather than outfit his clients in them, according to the charges, the man gave them a much cheaper version and kept the difference.

The government may have been building its case for a long time, but that does not mean it will end in convictions for the chiropractor. Like others accused of felony charges, the man can defend himself in court. Many people do this with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Source: Associated Press, "Covington chiropractor indicted on fraud charges," Feb. 14, 2014

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