WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - A Parkersburg doctor has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for health care fraud and tax evasion.
Sixty-one-year-old Barton Joseph Adams received a 50-month sentence Friday in federal court in Wheeling. He operated a pain management clinic in Vienna.
According to the government, Adams and his wife evaded taxes and made bogus claims for health care payments totaling nearly $4 million. The two hid the money in foreign accounts and lived a lavish lifestyle of travel and high-end hotels.
As part of a plea agreement, Adams agreed to forfeit $3.7 million and make $3.1 million in restitution to health care providers.
Adams' wife, Josephine Adams, was convicted in 2011 of 16 felony counts.
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A former Vienna doctor and his alleged accomplice have been indicted on several federal charges.
A grand jury for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has indicted Dr. Barton Adams and Josephine Adams.
In September 2006, the office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services began an official proceeding, investigating Barton Adams for health care fraud.
The indictment states that in August of 2007, Barton and Josephine Adams found out about the proceeding.
Once they learned of the investigation, the indictment states the two attempted to obstruct and impede it when Josephine incorporated a shell corporation in the British Virgin Islands and opened foreign bank accounts in Hong Kong, Canada and the Philippines to allegedly launder health care fraud proceeds.
The Adams face several other counts:
Count 3: obstruction of justice
Counts 4-16: obstruction of justice and attempting to do so, aiding and abetting
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