Sunday, March 3, 2013

Dr. Barton Adams Must Forfeit $3.7 Million to Federal Government, and Pay $3.1 Million in Restitution to Victims


WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A Parkersburg, West Virginia, doctor was sentenced
to 50 months in federal prison today as a result of his convictions for “Health Care Fraud” and “Tax

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that BARTON JOSEPH ADAMS,
a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine who owned and operated “Interventional Pain Management” in
Vienna, West Virginia, was sentenced in Federal court in Wheeling today by Chief Judge John
Preston Bailey.

ADAMS, 61 years of age, previously admitted to making fraudulent claims for health care
proceeds and to willfully attempting to evade taxes. In addition to the prison sentence, ADAMS
must forfeit $3,724,721 to the federal government and make restitution in the amount of $3,136,293
to the various healthcare providers that he defrauded, including Medicare and Medicaid.
“Dr. Adams exploited vital, taxpayer-funded programs and as a result he is going to prison,”
said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. “His conduct was egregious and thanks to the sentence imposed by
the Court today he has now been held accountable. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to be
aggressive in pursuing criminals like Dr. Adams because this type of fraud drives up the cost of
health care for everyone.”

ADAMS was found to be in contempt of court in March of 2009 and has been in custody
since that time due to his failure to return funds that he stole and then transferred to foreign bank
accounts. The 50 month sentence is in addition to the time that he served for the contempt violation
but he will receive some credit for time served while he was being evaluated regarding his
competency to stand trial.

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