Chiropractor sentenced for health care fraud and tax evasion
Joseph J. Yurigan, D.C., a chiropractor who formerly practiced in Weirton and Wheeling West Virginia and treated Ohio injured workers, was sentenced yesterday for health care fraud and tax evasion.
SID received a fraud allegation in 2008 concerning Yurigan, and conducted an undercover operation in each of the two chiropractic offices he owned and operated. The investigation revealed Dr. Yurigan was routinely and consistently billing for services that he never provided to the undercover operatives.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations, the West Virginia Department of Insurance Commission, United States Treasury Department and the United States Attorney’s Office became involved in the investigation and executed a search warrant in October, 2009.
Evidence obtained from the search warrant and information collected from numerous interviews confirmed Yurigan was billing multiple insurance providers for services that he never provided.
Yurigan pleaded guilty and yesterday was ordered to make restitution totaling $836,065.93.
He was also sentenced to 18 months in a federal institution. Yurigan will report to the designated institution on October 7 to serve his sentence.