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Jury indicts W.Va. doctor

November 29, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A doctor who claimed he provided Medicare and Medicaid-covered services in Martinsburg - more than 250 miles away from his office near Parkersburg, W.Va. - has been named in a 157-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Martinsburg.

Barton Joseph Adams, an osteopathic physician, owned and operated the Interventional Pain Management medical office in Vienna, W.Va., according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter's office.

Beginning Aug. 25, 2005, Adams allegedly committed mail fraud by devising a scheme to defraud in an attempt to obtain about $2.25 million from Department of Health and Human Services programs, Potter said.

"As part of the scheme, Adams misrepresented and concealed material facts regarding the medical services he provided to patients, the equipment he used during the treatments and that he had obtained payments for Medicare and Medicaid-covered services from private insurance policies," Potter said.

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Adams would submit fraudulent claims for ultrasound medical procedures that were not performed and pain control injections that were not performed and not medically necessary, and overstated the duration of patient's office visits, Potter said.

Adams also would induce patients to sign false statements under oath, swearing they received medical services that had not been provided, Potter said.

Adams falsely represented that he provided Medicare and Medicaid covered services in Martinsburg, but his office actually was in Vienna, Potter said.

Among other allegations outlined in the indictment were multiple counts of health care fraud involving fraudulent claim payments, wire fraud, filing a false federal tax return, tax evasion and 134 money laundering violations.

Federal authorities also are seeking the forfeiture of at least $2,252,614.31 from Adams, Potter said.

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