FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) – A Fairfield chiropractor has pleaded guilty to workers’ remuneration fraud in a box that already resulted in charges opposite 4 additional employees of a Back and Spine Center.
Dr. Gary T. Berner supposed a defence to equivocate an imminent hearing stemming from an review by a Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department and Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office.
Berner was indicted in Jul 2010 for his purpose in a intrigue that authorised his colleague, Dr. Bruce E. Holaday, to continue billing BWC after being criminialized from treating harmed workers.
BWC SID instituted an review after receiving an claim that Holaday was concealing from BWC his approach impasse in a diagnosis of harmed workers. Holaday was formerly decertified as a BWC health caring provider, prohibiting him from seeking and receiving payment from BWC. Investigators found Berner intentionally authorised Holaday to use his name and provider marker series to unlawfully check BWC for diagnosis Holaday privately rendered or directed.
Holaday was indicted on one count any of workers’ remuneration rascal and theft, felonies of a third degree; thirty-two depends of forgery, any fifth-degree felonies; and enchanting in a settlement of hurtful activity (racketeering), a first-degree felony. His hearing is set for Mar 29. The 3 other hospital employees have been convicted of rascal as partial of a investigation.
As partial of his plea, Berner concluded to compensate $104,000 in compensation and $5,000 inquisitive costs. His sentencing is scheduled for Apr 21.
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