Los An­ge­les chi­ro­prac­tor pleads guilty in $150M fraud scheme

Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL & REGION -

A Los An­ge­les chi­ro­prac­tor has pleaded guilty to tak­ing part in a $150 mil­lion work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion fraud scheme.

Paul Tur­ley of Granada Hills pleaded Mon­day to con­spir­acy to com­mit in­sur­ance fraud, may­hem, in­sur­ance fraud and un­law­ful pa­tient re­fer­ral

He’s fac­ing up to eight years in prison. Pros­e­cu­tors say Tur­ley was among a dozen peo­ple who al­legedly billed in­sur­ance com­pa­nies for phony or un­nec­es­sary surg­eries, pre­scrip­tions, tests and of­fice vis­its. Au­thor­i­ties say the scheme in­volved pay­ing lawyers and oth­ers as much as $10,000 a month to il­le­gally re­fer pa­tients to med­i­cal work­ers tak­ing part in the scam.

Au­thor­i­ties say some surg­eries were per­formed by a physi­cian’s as­sis­tant who never went to med­i­cal school, and some pa­tients were left scarred or in need of ad­di­tional surg­eries.

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