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Long Island Chiropractor Charged With Health Care Fraud

Joseph Stephan of Farmingdale, 50, reportedly billed the department's Office of Worker's Compensation Programs for dates where employees covered under the program did not visit him, or for services that they did not receive when they visited him.
Joseph Stephan of Farmingdale, 50, reportedly billed the department's Office of Worker's Compensation Programs for dates where employees covered under the program did not visit him, or for services that they did not receive when they visited him. Photo Credit: Pixabay

A Long Island chiropractor was charged in federal court for health care fraud after submitting false claims with the Department of Labor for services that he did not actually render, according to Acting Eastern District of New York U.S. Attorney Seth Ducharme. 

Joseph Stephan of Farmingdale, 50, reportedly billed the department's Office of Worker's Compensation Programs for dates where employees covered under the program did not visit him, or for services that they did not receive when they visited him. A complaint against Stephan was unsealed by a federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Oct. 7, leading to the chiropractor's arrest.

“As alleged, Stephan abused the trust of an important federal benefit program for employees injured on the job by billing for numerous fraudulent claims, including those for an undercover Special Agent investigating the defendant,” stated DuCharme. “This office will continue working closely with our law enforcement partners to hold healthcare providers accountable for fraud and abuse.”

Stephan allegedly billed an undercover USPS Inspector General for 23 appointments that the agent never went to or booked.

“The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General is dedicated to protecting the public’s safety and the U.S. Postal Service,” stated USPIS-OIG Special Agent-in-Charge Modafferi. “The Special Agents of the USPS OIG will tirelessly investigate and seek justice against those who choose to defraud federal benefit programs and put profits above the safety of their patients. 

"The USPS OIG is thankful for the great longstanding relationships we have developed with our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to combat healthcare frauds.”

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