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Chicago Chiropractor Convicted of Federal Health Care Fraud Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

CHICAGO — A Chicago chiropractor has been convicted of federal health care fraud charges for billing a private insurer for nonexistent services.

CLARENCE W. BROWN III owned and operated Dr. CB3 Wellness, Inc. and Apex Integrated Medical Center, Ltd. in Chicago.  From 2016 to 2020, Brown submitted fraudulent claims to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois for purported health care services that Brown knew were not actually provided to patients.  Some of the fraudulent claims were for services purportedly provided on dates when Brown was not in Illinois.  Brown prepared false patient medical records and other documents to support his fraudulent claims.  Brown billed BCBS approximately $1.3 million for services purportedly provided to members of two families that were not actually provided, and, as a result, fraudulently obtained approximately $750,000 from the carrier.

After a two-week trial in U.S. District Court in Chicago, a jury on April 12, 2024, convicted Brown, 48, of Chicago, on all nine health care fraud counts against him.  Each count is punishable by up to ten years in federal prison.  U.S. District Judge John F. Kness set sentencing for July 23, 2024.

The conviction was announced by Morris Pasqual, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert W. “Wes” Wheeler, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Misty N. Wright and Andréa L. Campbell.

Updated April 19, 2024

Health Care Fraud
Identity Theft