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Howland chiropractors sentenced for Medicaid fraud

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Two Howland chiropractors have been sentenced to pay nearly $179,000 in combined restitution to Medicaid and the Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

According to the Ohio Attorney General's office, Jeffrey Stychno, DC, and Michael Frasca, DC, must each pay $69,781 to BWC and $19,715 to Medicaid after they were each convicted of fraudulent billing practices during their time as co-owners of Integrated Health with offices on Niles Cortland Road Southeast.

"Our investigation found that these doctors purposely double-billed for patient appointments, billed for non-existent appointments, and even billed for time spent out of the office," said Attorney General DeWine.

The convictions stem from multiple incidents of double-billing and billing for services not rendered and/or services not authorized between November 2006 to December 2009.

Stychno pleaded guilty this week to one count of Theft and one count of Workers' Compensation Fraud and was also sentenced to serve five years of community control with a 12-month maximum suspended sentence.

In April, Frasca pleaded guilty to charges of Medicaid Fraud and Workers' Compensation Fraud and was sentenced to one year of community control.

The case was a joint investigation involving BWC's Special Investigations Department and Attorney General DeWine's Health Care Fraud Section. Attorneys with the Health Care Fraud Section also prosecuted the case.

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