Corporate Compliance

Three IL rehab employees indicted on healthcare fraud charges

Compliance Monitor, March 17, 2010

Illinois federal law enforcement officials indicted a chiropractor, physician, and billing employee for a false claims fraud scheme amounting over $1 million in improper payments from workers’ compensation and other insurers, according to a Department of Justice press release.

Chiropractor Darwin Minnis, 54, allegedly forged doctors’ signatures on false documents for physical therapy services that were either inflated or never provided at his Chicago Spine and Joint Rehabilitation Center. Jacob Solomon, MD, 63, also allegedly signed the false documents that mainly targeted U.S. Postal Service employees who were eligible to recoup benefits from the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Program.

Minnis faces 18 counts of healthcare fraud, each carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine. Salomon and biller and claims processor, Gary Strauss, 31, each are charged with one count of healthcare fraud.

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