Former Covington chiropractor charged with health care fraud and identity … – The Times

A former Covington chiropractor has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 30 counts of health care fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr. David Lee Killen, 42, is accused of submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers, Polite’s office said in a news release late Thursday.

Killen, who owned and operated Back on Track Clinic – later called The Spine and Joint Center of Washington Parish – in Bogalusa, is accused of submitting bills to insurers for chiropractic adjustments, X-rays, expensive allergy tests and back braces that he never provided to patients. According to Polite’s office, Killen also billed insurers for back braces that cost $1,000 each, but he actually provided patients with a cheaper brand that wound not have been reimbursed at the same rate.

The aggravated identity theft charges stem from Killen’s alleged use of medical doctor’s insurance provider numbers. His indictment alleges that when an insurer would not reimburse Killen for services provided by a chiropractor or licensed physical therapist, Killen would bill those services as if they were provided by a medical doctor.

Killen allegedly offered incentives and breaks on co-payments to patients who agreed to have expensive allergy blood tests. Polite’s office said those tests cost Killen $600 and that he was reimbursed nearly $4,500. Killen allegedly billed for a 2-year-old to have the expensive test, even though a cheaper pediatric version of the test was available.

Killen was a licensed chiropractor in Louisiana from October 2006 to December 2012, according to court records.

Killen could face up to 10 years in prison for each of the health care fraud counts and up to two years in prison for each of the aggravated identity theft charges. He also could face up to a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release.

Killen does not appear to have an attorney. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Juliana A. Etland is prosecuting the case.

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