A Medina chiropractor was sentenced to 30 months in prison for overbilling Medicare and insurance companies more than $1.8 million for medical equipment and treatment that were not medically necessary.
Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio says Dr. John N. Heary, 39, previously pleaded guilty to seven counts of health care fraud.
“This doctor took advantage of programs designed to provide care and support for the old and the sick,” Dettelbach said. “Our office and the Justice Department are committed to rooting out health care fraud in all its forms.”
“Most medical professionals endeavor to provide quality health care services and submit proper claims for payment to the Medicare program” said Lamont Pugh III, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General – Chicago Region. “This doctor chose to exploit Medicare and other insurers for illegal personal gain and paid the price for his criminal acts. The OIG will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to combat fraud in the health care system and protect vital taxpayer dollars.”
Heary did business under his name and two corporate entities. HealthSource of Medina was the operating name of Heary’s chiropractic practice until October 2009. Medina Health & Wellness Center, Inc. was the corporate name under which Heary sold durable medical equipment, according to court documents.