Modesto chiropractor arrested - $10M scam

Modesto chiropractor arrested - $10M scam

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“Investigators believe that at least $10 million has been drained from a system whose costs are already harming our economy.” Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi

William Origel, Rebecca Benedict, and Robin Barney were charged with felony counts of insurance fraud, grand theft, and practicing medicine without certification. Origel is the owner of Med-1 Medical Center, P.C., and Unique Healthcare Management, Inc. Origel, with help from Bendict and Barney allegedly over-billed workers’ compensation and auto insurance carriers for services never rendered, services not medically necessary, and for services beyond the scope of their licensed authority to perform.

“This is a prime example of workers’ compensation fraud and the damaging effect it has on our workers’ comp system, our state’s employers, and our injured workers,” said Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, “Investigators believe that at least $10 million has been drained from a system whose costs are already harming our economy.”

“Why was this scam allowed to continue for 8 years? Why wasn’t it uncovered until $10 million had been lost?” asks Robin Mathias, a leading healthcare fraud consultant, “If you’re systematically searching for fraud, you should be able to find it long before you’ve lost so much money.”

Modesto Chiropractor (Department of Insurance)