ST. CLAIR COUNTY CHIROPRACTOR SENTENCED TO 70 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT FOR HEALTH CARE FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on March 24, 2011, at the completion of a day long hearing, John M. Hardimon, age 40, of Shiloh, Ill.-, d/b/a Hardimon Chiropractic Center, was sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment, a $1500 special assessment, and three (3) years’ supervised release following imprisonment on 14 counts of Health Care Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1347, and one (1) count of Money Laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1957. The crimes took place from 2006 through 2010 in St. Clair County, Ill.-
Hardimon submitted false and fraudulent claims to fourteen medical insurers, including Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and several union welfare funds. The victims identified over $2,000,000 paid on fraudulent and unsubstantiated claims. The court ordered that $912,125.57 in cash funds seized from Hardimon and the proceeds from the sale of his real property in Shiloh and the sale of his three seized vehicles should be applied to restitution of the victims’ losses. A further hearing on the total amount of restitution is set for May 13, 2011.
“This case resulted from a successful joint agency investigation of HHS, DOJ, DOL, IRS, and the Illinois Attorney General's Office. The Office of the Inspector General along with its law enforcement partners will continue to pursue all violators who victimize Medicare beneficiaries in the Southern District of Illinois,” said HHS-OIG Special Agent in Charge Les W. Hollie.
According to U.S. Attorney Wigginton, “Health care professionals who defraud our health care system will be detected and prosecuted. Due to the timely work by the Health Care Fraud Task Force, a substantial portion of the victims’ losses have been recovered. I am proud of the work performed by these agents and applaud their success in this investigation.”
This case was investigated by agents of the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General; the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation; the United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations; Illinois Attorney General Office, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau; as well as investigators with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Missouri; 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 Michael Thompson handled the prosecution and seizures.