Home > Press Releases & Case Information > Chiropractor ordered to pay nearly $70K for workers’ comp fraud

Chiropractor ordered to pay nearly $70K for workers’ comp fraud

COLUMBUS – A Fairfield (Butler County) chiropractor was sentenced to pay nearly $70,000 in restitution and investigation costs to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Tariq Arif pleaded guilty Jan. 13 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor, as part of a plea agreement.

“Mr. Arif created bogus treatment records to support the fraudulent workers’ compensation bills he submitted for payment,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “The faces of fraud vary, and our agents aggressively root out and prosecute injured worker, employer and provider fraud.”

BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) began investigating after receiving allegations that Arif billed for treatment not rendered to injured workers. The investigation included an undercover operation in which BWC-SID agents posed as injured workers and sought treatment at the Back and Pain Rehab Center, a chiropractic and rehabilitation clinic owned and operated by Arif. A search warrant was executed at the clinic as well.

Arif was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail, which was suspended for five years of community control. He was also ordered to pay $10,169.96 in restitution and $59,186.20 in investigative costs – a total of $69,356.16 – as a term of his community control.

To report suspected workers’ compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292, visit bwc.ohio.gov, or visit http://www.facebook.com/ohiobwcfraud.

About these ads
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: