Doctor sentenced for health care fraud

WHEELINGA Parkersburg doctor has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for health care fraud and tax evasion.

Barton Joseph Adams, 61, who operated a pain management clinic in Vienna, was given a 50-month sentence. In a plea agreement, he agreed to forfeit $3.7 million and make $3.1 million in restitution to health-care providers.

According to the government, Adams and his wife evaded taxes by hiding money in foreign accounts and made bogus claims for health care payments totaling nearly $4 million. Adams’ wife was convicted in 2011 of 16 felony counts.

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