St. Louis Chiropractor Sentenced and Fined for Health Care Fraud and Bribery Scheme
Mitchell Davis, DC, 50, a St. Louis chiropractor, was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment and fined $350,000 for his role in a scheme to illegally obtain confidential information from St. Louis Police Department reports with which he would solicit clients to his practice. David appeared in federal court before Chief Judge Rodney Sippel on Wednesday.
David admitted to a scheme whereby he and his wife solicited unreduced police reports in exchange for cash payments from St. Louis Police Officers who had access to the unredacted reports. The reports contained the names and personal information of individuals involved in automobile accidents in St. Louis. Davis also admitted to, once contacting and signing up patients, making false and exaggerated claims for reimbursement from health care benefit plans. As part of his sentence, Davis was ordered to pay more than $696,000 in restitution which included overpayments from insurance plans for unnecessary and unauthorized services.
Davis was the first person to be sentenced in relation to this scheme. His wife, Galina Davis and two former St. Louis Police officers, Cauncenet Brown and Terri Owens have pleaded guilty and await sentencing. Two other former St. Louis Police Officers have pleaded not guilty and await trial.
The case was investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office recognizes the cooperation and assistance of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.