(STL.News)– A Providence chiropractic practitioner todayadmitted that he created and carried out a scheme to defraud a healthcare advantages program which he failed to pay taxes on some of the income he received from his service. Eugene Kramer, 51, sole owner of New England Spine and
Disc Center, confessed to the court that he devoted health care fraud by billing for days a client did not go to treatment, for treatment not provided, and by falsifying medical notes and paperwork to support a nonexistent injury claim. As part of the scheme, from January 1,
2018, to December 31, 2018, Kramer offered billings for chiropractic treatment to an attorney, who then, in order to support a client's bodily injury claim, provided those billings to a car insurance provider in Rhode Island. To bolster the claim, Kramer created falsified medical notes and documentation. According to court documents, a specific electronically monitored by the FBI went to Kramer's workplace on 15 events for chiropractic treatment, under the pretext of having actually been involved in an automobile accident. In the majority of instances little or no treatment was provided and few if any medical notes were taken. At no time did Kramer offer the individual with a diagnosis or talk about a treatment plan. The individual was emailed a package asking for a financial settlement in connection with a supposed injury claim to Progressive Insurance requesting, to name a few things, reimbursement for chiropractic services. In addition to admitting to carrying out the health care fraud scheme , Kramer confessed that for tax years 2015, 2016, and 2017, he stopped working to report a part of his individual earnings, leading to him owing the IRS$ 66,914. Appearing today before U.S. District Court William E. Smith, Kramer pleaded guilty to one count each of healthcare scams and filing a false tax return, revealed United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Joseph R. Bonavolonta, and Special Agent in Charge of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Kristina O'Connell. Kramer is set up to be sentenced on October 2, 2020. Healthcare fraud is punishable by statutory charges of as much as 10 years in federal jail, a fine of$250,000, and three years of supervised release. Submitting a false income tax return is punishable by up to three years in jail, a fine of$100,000, and one year of monitored release. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dulce Donovan.
The matter was investigated by the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation.
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