Bethlehem-area chiropractor admits to $236K healthcare fraud – lehighvalleylive.com

16July 2020

A chiropractic specialist who practiced in Bethlehem Township pleaded guilty Wednesday to perpetrating a$236,000 healthcare fraud scheme.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office, 53-year-old Nicholas Bufanio of Hellertown billed insurance companies for $236,000 worth of services he didn't offer. He consistently sent claims for clients who stopped working to stand for appointments and sent claims for days when he was not in the workplace, the release states.

From November 2017 until December 2018, Bufanio was convalescing at home however submitted phony claims to health insurance providers pretending that he was keeping normal office hours and rendering chiropractic treatment, the release states.

” Physicians and other doctor who fraudulently bill insurance provider are burglars– they take from both the business and the sincere customers,” stated U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain in the news release.

Bufanio pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of health care fraud prior to U.S. District Court Judge Joseph F. Leeson, Jr. He's a doctor of chiropractic medicine and has operated Community Chiropractic, Inc. in Bethlehem Township given that a minimum of 2011.

The case was investigated by U.S. Department of Labor-Employee Benefits Security Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Beth Leahy.

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