Metro-Atlanta Chiropractors Charged with Healthcare Fraud Scheme
ATLANTA – Dr. Allan Spagnardi and Dr. Stacy Spagnardi have been arraigned on conspiracy and fraud charges for using their chiropractic clinic to submit false claims to private insurance providers.
“These two chiropractors are alleged to have reported fake patient visits in order to enrich themselves through fraudulent insurance claims,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “Fraudulent healthcare billing threatens the integrity of our healthcare system and is ultimately paid for by the taxpayers.”
“Healthcare providers need to think twice before trying to illegally maximize their profits at the expense of honest citizens,” said David J. LeValley, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta FBI. “Bringing this case to federal court is an example of our determination to protect those citizens and root out waste, fraud and abuse of our healthcare system.”
“Healthcare fraud has become a significant problem in the world today” said James Dorsey, Acting Special Agent in Charge for IRS Criminal Investigation. “The Spagnardis’ greed and want of a lavish lifestyle led them to commit healthcare fraud and we will continue to support investigative efforts to deter such actions.”
“I’m thankful for the action by the grand jury and for the work on this case by the U.S. Attorney’s office,” Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said. “Alleged actions by the Spagnardis hurt not only Georgia citizens, but citizens across the United States in the form of higher insurance premiums.”
According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges, and other information presented in court: Dr. Allan Spagnardi and Dr. Stacy Spagnardi operated a chiropractic clinic located in Marietta, Georgia. Over a period of at least three years, the Spagnardis allegedly submitted numerous fraudulent claims to private insurance providers for procedures that never took place.
The indictment alleges that after the Spagnardis obtained their patients’ personal identifying information, they continued to bill private insurance providers for services that were never actually rendered. On some occasions in which the Spagnardis claimed their clinic was treating patients, those patients were not even in the United States when those treatments were supposedly taking place. In one instance, the Spagnardis allegedly claimed that their clinic had 296 patient visits during a week that they were actually on a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation.
The Spagnardis are alleged to have claimed millions of dollars from private insurance providers. The indictment alleges that Stacy Spagnardi spent much of the fraud proceeds at casinos. Stacy Spagnardi is also alleged to have frequently made cash withdrawals under $10,000, with the purpose of evading banking reporting requirements. For his part, Allan Spagnardi allegedly used a portion of the fraud proceeds to purchase a BMW motorcycle and a 2015 BMW M4.
Allan Spagnardi, 38, and Stacy Spagnardi, 50, both of Atlanta, Georgia, were arraigned today before United States Magistrate Judge Alan J. Baverman.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendants’ guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
This case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Office of Commissioner of Insurance, and the Atlanta Police Department.
Assistant United States Attorney Thomas J. Krepp is prosecuting the case.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.