Cleveland chiropractor convicted of workers’ comp fraud

Michael C. Wilson billed for phony services 

bakerA Cleveland chiropractor refunded the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation more than $57,000 on Feb. 15 and agreed to stop treating injured workers in the BWC system after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in a Franklin County courtroom.

Following a judge’s orders, Michael C. Wilson, 44, reimbursed BWC $10,862 he received for services he never rendered to injured workers. He also paid BWC $46,534 for the cost of the agency’s investigation into his fraudulent practices, which included falsifying treatment notes and billing for services he couldn’t have performed because he was out of the country.

“It is disappointing when health care providers place greed and personal gain over patient care and the public’s trust,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “This kind of misconduct undermines our mission because it takes resources intended for injured workers and our efforts to create safer workplaces across this state.”

Not included in Wilson’s restitution is another $8,784 he received from BWC for phony services, but only because he hadn’t cashed the checks yet.

BWC’s Special Investigations Department began investigating Wilson in January 2014, using undercover operations, interviews with injured workers, surveillance and a search warrant executed at Wilson’s clinic — the Good Health Chiropractic & Therapy Center at 15728 Lorain Ave. — to arrive at its findings.

Wilson, who was indicted in August, pleaded guilty to a minor misdemeanor charge of workers’ compensation fraud rather than go to trial.

To report suspected workers’ compensation fraud, call 1-800-644-6292 or visit bwc.ohio.gov.

 

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