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Tuesday, 01 January 2008 08:57



New Science Behind Chiropractic Care

NEW ZEALAND: Ground-breaking research1 has, for the first time, identified the actual changes that occur in the body, the nervous system and the brain during chiropractic spinal adjustments.

The study was conducted by award-winning Auckland researcher, Dr. Heidi Haavik-Taylor. It demonstrates that chiropractic care sends signals to the brain that change the way the brain controls muscles.

Dr. Haavik-Taylor has spent the last seven years researching the effects of chiropractic adjustments on the nervous system. However, in her latest research, carried out in conjunction with fellow New Zealander Dr. Bernadette Murphy, she was able to measure how brain waves are altered before and after spinal adjustments.

This is the fi rst time that anyone has used EEG’s to prove that there are defi nite changes to the way the brain processes information after chiropractic care.

1. Haavik Taylor H and Murphy B. (2007). World Federation of Chiropractic’s 9th Biennial Congress Award Winning Paper (3rd Prize): Altered sensorimotor integration with cervical spine manipulation. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, in press.

New Zealand Chiropractors Association

Chiropractor Accused of Overdoing Manipulations

SOUTH CAROLINA: An Anderson chiropractor is facing a lawsuit over accusations that he continued manipulations of a man’s spine in spite of allegations that he had already damaged one of the man’s discs, causing pain that would last a lifetime.

Stephen Wells began receiving the treatments in January 2005, the lawsuit states. Mr. Wells’ attorney filed suit Nov. 26, 2007, against Dr. Douglas Hanner of Hanner Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Anderson. Dr. Hanner has not filed a response to the allegations and a trial date has not been set.

Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Fraud

VIRGINIA: A Newport News chiropractor pleaded guilty in mid-December to health care fraud, acknowledging that he bilked several health management companies out of $106,545.

Brad L. Forbes, 33, agreed to a plea deal in U.S. District Court in which he faces up to 10 years in prison, a fi ne of up to $250,000 and full restitution for the amount that he falsely billed. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in March.In a statement that he agreed to, Forbes admitted submitting false bills to health care companies between January 2004 and November 2005, with the companies paying him for the amounts.

The bills were submitted to Aetna Inc., Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, CIGNA Health Care and Mail Handlers Benefi t Plan.

Some bills were for services that Forbes falsely said he performed. Others were false physical therapy treatments billed under the name of another doctor hired to provide sinus treatments.

Aside from the criminal penalties in court, Forbes faces a possible loss of his license by the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

First issued in 2002, his license expires Feb. 29, 2008. But a spokeswoman for the Department of Health Professions said a felony conviction resulted in an automatic suspension.

Newport News

Doctor Gets Three Years and 10 months in Prison for Insurance Fraud

PENNSYLVANIA: In late December, a Luzerne County chiropractor was sentenced to spend three years and 10 months in prison for “bilking” more than $200,000 out of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Northeastern Pennsylvania by filing false insurance claims.

Dr. Robert A. Bittenbender was found guilty of conspiracy, mail fraud and tax evasion after a jury trial in June. At that trial, several of his former patients testifi ed about fi lling out insurance claims for treatment they did not receive.

The insurance payouts were split among Bittenbender, other staffers at his chiropractic offi ce and the patients, according to testimony.

In addition to prison time, Bittenbender will also have to pay back more than $311,000 to Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

The case was selected by the Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority as one of the top 13 cases of insurance fraud this year, according to a release the group sent in late December.

Bittenbender’s attorney said his client recognized the seriousness of the offenses but asked that the judge consider a sentence of home confi nement.

“These charges go against a lifetime of doing good,” he said, adding the doctor could provide free chiropractic services for “the underprivileged” as a community service.

The court rejected the suggestions. Instead, the judge opted to hand down a sentence at the low end of federal sentencing guidelines, which called for up to four years and nine months in prison.

“This is a very serious offense,” the judge said. “Good doctors don’t abuse the system.”

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Thursday, 13 December 2007 16:45


N.J. High Court to Hear Chiropractors’ Appeal

NEW JERSEY: The State Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a lower-court decision out of Ocean County, NJ, that has barred chiropractors statewide from performing procedures they had been doing for decades and are allowed to perform in the 49 other states.

Among cases posted in mid-October on the state Judiciary’s Web site that the state’s highest court has agreed to hear was one brought by patient Carol Bedford against chiropractors Anthony L. Riello and Peter E. Lowenstein and Coastal Chiropractic.

A decision in April by a panel of judges with the Appellate Division of state Superior Court ruled in the case that the state law governing chiropractic care limits chiropractors to performing adjustments of the spinal column. The ruling outlawed adjustments to extremities and other joints, which chiropractors had been doing for decades and are allowed to do in the 49 other states.

The decision is not only impacting the businesses of many of the state’s 2,500 chiropractors, but also is affecting their patients, who have come to rely on extremity adjustments but can no longer have the procedures done in the state, according to the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC) .

Following the appellate court decision, the defendant chiropractors appealed, and the association filed a brief in support of the appeal. The Supreme Court, in late September, granted certification to hear the appeal.

Since the appellate decision, the association had collected signatures of more than 30,000 patients supporting the practice of extremity adjustments.

The ANJC has been addressing the lower-court ruling on two fronts: supporting the appeal and also lobbying to change the law to allow for extremity adjustments. A statute that would do that was passed in the Assembly on June 21, the Legislature’s last day in session before the summer break. But the Senate sent it to its Commerce Committee, where it still sits.

Asbury Park Press

Chiropractor Gets Jail Time for Not Filing Tax Returns

FLORIDA: A Vero Beach chiropractor was sentenced to eleven months in prison in late October after being convicted of failing to file income tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Stephen J. Short Jr. was convicted after a three-day trial in July of four counts of willfully failing to file returns. Prosecutors said he didn’t file returns in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004 and earned an annual income between $87,000 and $124,000 during that time.

Short faced up to a year in prison on each count. After he completes the prison time, Short will spend one year on supervised release and U.S. District Judge Donald Graham ordered him to pay the Internal Revenue Service $47,000 in restitution.


From the "Different Strokes" Department….

GEORGIA: A Columbus chiropractor who pleaded guilty to not filing his income taxes received probation recently in federal court. Robert D. Ressmeyer, 68, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land to three years probation on two counts of failure to file a federal income tax return. The chiropractor, who could have faced 12 to 18 months in prison, had pleaded guilty in June and remained free on bond.

"Your honor, I have no excuse that I can render for the situation I got myself into," Ressmeyer told the judge. "I apologize for the grief I got my family into. My fervent prayer is that I be allowed to continue my practice."

Ressmeyer was accused of not filing a federal tax return for the years 2000 and 2002 on $163,335 and $176,145 in annual incomes, respectively. The government contends that the operator of Ressmeyer Chiropractic Life Center hadn’t filed a return since 1997, and Ressmeyer agreed in his plea agreement that he didn’t pay $152,084 in taxes between 1998 and 2003.

Ressmeyer’s attorney, Richard Childs, said his client’s failure to file taxes started out small and could have been corrected in the beginning. However, the problem grew until it reached the point of a guilty plea and sentencing in federal court.

"He’s a good man who did a bad thing," Childs said.

Childs estimated that Ressmeyer owes between $250,000-$300,000 in back taxes and interest.

Explaining that federal sentencing guidelines called for 12 to 18 months in prison, Land said that would be inconsistent with the goals of sentencing.

Prison time, Land said, wouldn’t protect the public or impose a healthy respect for the law.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George Christian said he would speak with tax authorities before deciding whether to appeal the sentence.

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Monday, 08 October 2007 11:10

Doc Shares "the Good, Bad and Ugly" of His Weight-loss Attempt

OHIO: What began as a quest to lose weight for one has turned into a journey of inspiration for hundreds.

In mid-September, Sandusky chiropractor Steven Prentice embarked on a quest to lose 100 pounds.

Prentice, 37, is also writing two e-mail updates per week to patients, friends and interested strangers about his weight-loss adventure.

"It’s about overcoming things and growing past our problems," he explained.

"There was always a glaring contradiction between my life and my practice that always bothered me," Prentice said.

He said he has struggled with his weight for more than a decade. Prentice said issues with weight are often a source of shame and embarrassment for many people.

Choosing to share his journey with so many, Prentice said, is a risk he is willing to take. The first step was to overcome the mental obstacles that have been holding him back. Also an addictionologist, Prentice began applying what he knew about addiction to his problem with food.

"Now I’m accountable to hundreds of people," Prentice said.

More than 300 people are on Prentice’s e-mail list, and the list just keeps growing.

So far he has lost 33 pounds and is confident he will reach his goal weight of 182 pounds.

While his quest to lose weight is for himself, Prentice said it is also for his patients.

"What could I say to them that would work better than watching me go through this?"

"If people want to follow along, all they have to do is e-mail me." E-mail Dr. Prentice at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sandusky Register

Hayward chiropractor pleads guilty to tax evasion

CALIFORNIA: A Hayward chiropractor has pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and has to pay a $1.16 million fine for taxes he didn’t pay, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reports. Ramon Reynoso, 45, was indicted by a federal grand jury Oct. 26, 2006, and charged with four counts of tax evasion.

According to a plea agreement reached in U.S. District Court in mid-September, from 1991 through 2004 Reynoso was self-employed at his chiropractic business in Hayward.

Prosecutors say Reynoso agreed that his taxable income for his services from 2000 through 2003 totaled about $3.2 million and he owed a total of about $1.2 million in taxes.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Reynoso admitted that he had last filed his personal federal income taxes for the calendar year 1996 and, despite earning a significant income during 2001, he willfully failed to file his federal income taxes and took a number of affirmative acts to try to evade paying his income taxes.

Prosecutors said those steps included placing assets in nominee accounts to conceal his ownership of assets, using a trust to conceal his receipt of income and opening bank accounts with false Social Security numbers.

Reynoso has agreed to pay about $1.2 million in restitution for the taxes he didn’t pay.

In addition, he faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he’s sentenced.

The prosecution resulted from an investigation by Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation unit and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.



NJ Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Attempted Theft in Insurance Fraud Scheme

NEW JERSEY: A New Jersey chiropractor pleaded guilty in late September for his role in an insurance fraud scheme. According to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden Brown, Samuel Sbarra, 49, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Donald J. Volkert, Jr. in Essex County to a criminal accusation charging him with third-degree attempted theft by deception.

At the guilty plea hearing, Sbarra admitted that between Nov. 2 and Nov. 18, 2005, he submitted a phony claim to the Chubb Insurance Company. Sbarra admitted he falsely submitted a claim to Chubb Insurance reflecting that he had provided 18 dates of chiropractic services for a total of $1,844. Chubb Insurance denied the claim and referred the matter to the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.

The Special Investigative Unit of the Chubb Insurance Company assisted OIFP in the investigation.

Sbarra is scheduled to appear before Judge Volkert on Nov. 29 to be sentenced. Third-degree crimes carry sentences of up to five years in state prison and a criminal fine of up to $15,000. Sbarra also may face civil insurance fraud fines.

New Jersey Attorney General



Chiropractor Convicted of Raping Patients

CALIFORNIA: A Los Angeles chiropractor has been convicted of sexually assaulting four of his female patients and a woman looking for a job at his office. An L.A. Superior Court jury deliberated about three days before finding Thomas Dickershaid guilty of eleven felony counts, including rape and sexual battery.

Dickershaid, who had been free on $200,000 bail, was taken into custody while awaiting his October 29th sentencing. A prosecutor says he faces at least 20 years in state prison. Daily Breeze

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Thursday, 13 September 2007 18:02

TAC Publisher Released After

Accepting Government’s Offer

ALABAMA: Dr. Richard E. Busch Jr., the publisher of The American Chiropractor magazine, who was in custody of the U.S. government as reported in this magazine (June 2007), recently struck a deal with the Federal Government by accepting a charge of one count of conspiring to sell unregistered securities in the state of Alabama. Busch was released August 29th and ordered to pay $5.6 million in restitution.


Busch observed, “The experience was a ‘blessing in disguise.’ I lost 50 pounds, my blood pressure is back to normal and the creativity in me for the magazine and other projects that I am involved in has grown.”

This case dated back to 1999. Busch also advised, “Be careful who your partners and associates are in all your business deals!” Judge Karen Bowdre noted before the court the many letters received that bore witness to Dr. Busch’s character and ethics and also to the fact that he has a previously stellar record regarding the U.S. legal system.

Busch was represented by Thomas Spina and Joe Mc Lean, two of Birmingham’s best lawyers, whose legal briefs also attest to Dr. Busch’s intent, integrity, credibility, reliability and his reputation in the community as being a family man, married for 40 years to his college sweetheart, with 6 children and 10 grandchildren.

In an ironic twist, Busch, as Publisher of The American Chiropractor, has been the impetus behind its Yellow Page section since it’s inception, to caution chiropractors as to what NOT to do.

Sometimes it pays to settle…

ILLINOIS: A Bloomington chiropractor says he decided to pay damages in a sexual harassment case so he could move on and prevent any action against his chiropractic license. Michael Peffer was scheduled to go before an arbitrator after a former employee, Tandy Lewis, sued to recover $12,000 the city’s human relations commission ordered to be paid. The employee accused Peffer of making suggestive comments and asking her questions about a man she was dating and had since married.

Lewis says she was then fi red for confronting Peffer about his behavior. Peffer initially vowed to fi ght the ruling but now says he’s paying her and the city to avoid a larger legal bill.

Peffer says Lewis and her attorney threatened to fi le a complaint with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, which could have cost him much more in legal fees to keep his chiropractic license. That license is already probationary because it had been suspended in Missouri for billing improprieties.


Chiropractor Sentenced for

Mail Fraud & Securities Fraud

NORTH CAROLINA: Chiropractor Joe C. Minder, who was found guilty in January of defrauding more than 50 people of hundreds of thousands of dollars, has been sentenced to five years in a federal prison. As part of the sentence he was ordered to pay $1.79 million in restitution and was placed on probation for two years, U.S.

Attorney Robert Hamilton said. A co-defendant in the case, William Martin McNulty Sr., was also sentenced to fi ve years in a federal prison.

In total, Hamilton said more than 150 people were defrauded by Minder and McNulty through a loan program, called TFH Inc. As part of the loan program, investors would send a check or cash to McNulty through an online banking service. The money was then accessed by a wealthy European investor, known to investors only as “Donald,” who traded in fi nancial instruments that produced high-yielding returns in a short period.

This “Donald,” who Minder said McNulty described as a humanitarian, was particularly interested in helping religious people. During Minder’s trial in January, it was established that “Donald” did not exist.

Many of the victims in the case were people who knew Minder through church or his practice and that he recruited into the program as early as 2001. Evidence presented during the trial showed that Minder continued referring people to the program even when he knew things were not going well. Minder also kept receiving the 10-percent commission he was due for every amount invested, even when investors were not getting the returns promised. Some of these payments were checks made payable to fi ctitious people that Minder then endorsed and cashed at a check cashing store.

Minder argued during trial that he believed the program to be legitimate and never intended to defraud anyone. He said he was tricked by McNulty, who presented himself as a lawyer. In the end, a federal jury found Minder guilty of 11 counts of mail fraud and one count of securities fraud. McNulty pleaded guilty to one count each of mail fraud, wire fraud and securities fraud.


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Monday, 06 August 2007 11:08



Thailand Announces New School for Chiropractors

THAILAND: A new course certification of chiropractors will be open in Thailand, says President of the Thailand Chiropractic Association, Dr Oat Buranasombati.

According to Bangkok’s independent newspaper, The Nation, Dr Buranasombati confirmed last July 10th that their goal is to start a chiropractic course at Rangsit University next year and they’re expecting to recruit around 30 students."

According to The Nation, chiropractic treatment has been available in Thailand since 1993, with 21 local and foreign chiropractors—most practicing in Bangkok and Pattaya.

Hong Kong was the first territory in Asia to officially issue licenses to chiropractors. The Hong Kong Chiropractic Association was formed in 1967 and lists 44 members.

The Nation


FBI Operation Settle Back Targets Health Care Fraud

CONNECTICUT: Richard Fogel, a 52-year-old Norwalk chiropractor, was sentenced in late July to eight months in prison and must also pay more than $1.1 million in restitution for health care fraud. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, the prison term will be followed by three years of supervised release, the first three months of which Fogel must serve in home confinement with electronic monitoring. Fogel has also been ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. The sentencing comes 14 months after Fogel waived indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud. The court lessened the maximum sentence of 46 to 57 months of imprisonment, crediting Fogel for his cooperation with the government’s investigation.

Fogel has admitted, from Jan. 1, 1998, through Oct. 1, 2003, he created false medical records for patients who were involved in personal injury claims, settlements and lawsuits. The records falsely stated the patients’ health conditions and Fogel submitted the false records in order to be paid either directly by insurance companies, or as part of the patients’ personal injury claims.

Two other chiropractors at Fogel’s practice have pleaded guilty to making false statements in medical records while they were employed at his clinic, and they subsequently were sentenced to terms of probation. A patient at Fogel’s practice served more than four months in prison for using a false Social Security number while being treated as a patient.

Kevin O’Connor, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said this matter is part of "Operation Settle Back," an undercover health care fraud investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"It is our hope that successful prosecutions like Operation Settle Back, and the potential for terms of incarceration like the sentence imposed today, will have a clear deterrent effect to licensed professionals who are weighing the risks associated with committing health care fraud or insurance fraud," O’Connor said.

Westport New


Chiropractor Sues Insurer for Discounting Bills

CALIFORNIA: A lawsuit that charges Zenith National Insurance Corp. with improperly discounting medical bills that were submitted for payment has been filed in federal court in Los Angeles by an Illinois chiropractor. Woodland Hills-based Zenith said Friday that the complaint, which seeks class action status, was filed by Kathleen Roche, a Belleville, IL.-based chiropractor who conducts business as Back Doctors Chiropractic. The insurer said it has not yet been served with a copy of the complaint.

"The company believes that the complaint is without merit and intends to defend the litigation vigorously," Zenith said in a statement.


Don’t Mess with the IRS

MICHIGAN: A Cascade Township chiropractor pleaded guilty in mid-July to conspiring to hide $2.4 million that he earned at his chiropractic care business, federal court records show. Paul Tuthill, 62, admitted to U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Scoville that he evaded paying income and Social Security taxes between 2000 and 2005, including claiming a net income of negative $1,512 between June 2000 and August 2004.

The chiropractor’s wife, Cynthia Tuthill, also has pleaded guilty to related charges

The Grand Rapids Press


Dr. Lou Sportelli Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

PORTUGAL: Dr. Louis Sportelli, of Palmerton, PA, attended the World Federation of Chiropractic’s 9th Biennial Congress and the European Chiropractic Union’s 75th Anniversary Convention held in Vilamoura, Portugal, in May, where he received the WFC’s Honour Award for an outstanding lifetime contribution to the international growth of the chiropractic profession. The award is bestowed upon the individual who has exhibited a lifetime achievement for outstanding service to the international community.

Almost 800 chiropractors and 1,000 total registrants attended the convention, which was hosted by the Portugese Chiropractors’ Association.

The WFC is a world organization that started in 1988, of which Sportelli was a founding member. There are 67 countries around the world that are represented by the WFC.

Times News Online

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