Indictment For Doctor’s Tax Charges
A Pennsylvania chiropractor was recently indicted on 38 counts of tax crimes related to the operations of his two medical offices in West Virginia, the Wheeling News-Register reports. Thirty-three of the counts allege that Dr. Joseph J. Yurigan committed health care fraud by transmitting healthcare benefit funds for bogus office visits and therapeutic and rehabilitation procedures from January 2004 to December 2009, the newspaper said.
Four tax evasion counts allege that Yurigan concealed his actual income from 2005 to 2008. Prosecutors also allege that he funneled cash from his businesses to his children’s bank accounts to evade taxes, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Yurigan also allegedly destroyed business records documenting the fraud, and faces one charge of interfering with revenue laws. If found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in prison and multiple fines: $250,000 for each health care fraud charge; $100,000 for each tax evasion charge; and $5,000 for the obstruction charge, the News-Register notes.
Prosecutors told the news source that they’re seeking to seize at least $750,000 worth of the chiropractor’s properties, including real estate and two Mercedes-Benzes.