ST. CLAIR COUNTY CHIROPRACTOR ORDERED TO PAY RESTITUTION OF $1.9 MILLION
On June 10, 2011, John M. Hardimon, 41, d/b/a Hardimon Chiropractic Clinic, was ordered to pay criminal restitution of $1,937,391.68 to fourteen medical insurers, including Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and several union welfare funds, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Hardimon’s BMW convertible, Toyota Sierra Minivan, and Chrysler Town and Country Minivan, were seized for restitution, as well as Hardimon’s two residences in Shiloh, Illinois. $714,641.13 was also seized from Hardimon for restitution to the private insurance companies, Medicaid, and Medicare.
“Fraudsters should not think that they can hide behind a medical license!” United States Attorney Wigginton noted. “My office will continue to pursue all professionals – doctors, pharmacists, lawyers or whomever would seek to defraud the public.”
On March 24, 2011, John Hardimon was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to 14 counts of Health Care Fraud and one count of Money Laundering.
This case was investigated by agents of the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS,OIG); the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS, CI); the United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General (DOL, OIG), Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations; United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA); Illinois Attorney General Office; and the National Insurance Crime Bureau; all participants in the United States Attorney’s Office Health Care Fraud Task Force for the Southern District of Illinois. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael J. Quinley and H. Michael Thompson handled the prosecution and seizures.
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