Bethlehem-area chiropractor admits to $236K healthcare fraud – lehighvalleylive.com

16July 2020

A chiropractic physician who practiced in Bethlehem Township pleaded guilty Wednesday to perpetrating a$236,000 healthcare fraud plan.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office, 53-year-old Nicholas Bufanio of Hellertown billed insurance companies for $236,000 worth of services he didn't supply. He consistently sent claims for patients who stopped working to appear for visits and submitted claims for days when he was not in the workplace, the release states.

From November 2017 until December 2018, Bufanio was convalescing in your home but submitted phony claims to health insurance companies pretending that he was keeping regular office hours and rendering chiropractic treatment, the release states.

” Physicians and other physician who fraudulently expense insurer are thieves– they take from both the companies and the honest subscribers,” said U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain in the news release.

Bufanio pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of health care fraud before U.S. District Court Judge Joseph F. Leeson, Jr. He's a doctor of chiropractic medication and has operated Community Chiropractic, Inc. in Bethlehem Township considering that a minimum of 2011.

The case was investigated by U.S. Department of Labor-Employee Benefits Security Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Beth Leahy.

Defense lawyer Marc Fisher had no comment on behalf of Bufanio. Our journalism requires your support. Please subscribe today to Lehighvalleylive.com.Rudy Miller may be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com!.?.!. If there's anything about this story that requires attention, please e-mail him. Follow him on Twitter @RudyMillerLV. Find Easton area news on Facebook. Source: lehighvalleylive.com

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