Three doctors sentenced to prison in healthcare fraud
AP/Miami Herald, November 21, 2008
An orthopedic surgeon and two chiropractors were sentenced to federal prison for cheating insurance companies out of $3 million by mislabeling treatments for back pain. The sentences are the latest in Georgia to result from a back pain treatment known as Vertebral Axial Decompression. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Dr. Howard Berkowitz, 58, of Atlanta was sentenced to 18 months, and the chiropractors, 67-year-old Arthur Hargraves of Douglasville, GA, and 52-year-old Daniel Puffenberger of Kissimmee, FL, each got three years and five months.
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