HARRISBURG – Attorney General Tom Corbett announced that agents from the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section have filed criminal charges against a Bucks County chiropractor accused of submitting $90,000 in false insurance claims.
Corbett identified the defendant as Jonathan Paul Wiktorchik, 55, of Southampton, Bucks County.
Corbett said Wiktorchik allegedly submitted insurance claims for phantom visits billed under the name of several of his patients. From Feb. 21, 2003 to Aug. 13, 2004, Dr. Jonathan Wiktorchik allegedly submitted $90,000 worth of insurance claims to Highmark and Independence Blue Cross for more than 1,800 procedures that were not performed.
According to the criminal charges, Upper Bucks Chiropractic Clinic, which is owned by Drs. Jonathan and Helen Wiktorchik, was reimbursed more than $50,000 to which they were not entitled.
Corbett said that several of Wiktorchik’s patients made complaints to their insurance companies upon receiving their Explanation of Benefits forms for treatment that they did not receive. The charges allege that Wiktorchik billed the insurance companies claiming he provided treatment to patients on dates that his office was closed.
“Fraudulent claims are a driving force behind the increased cost of health insurance,” Corbett said. “My office is committed to prosecuting any and all individuals who knowingly swindle insurance companies out of money designed to help those in need.”
Wiktorchik is charged with one count insurance fraud and one count theft by deception. Both offenses are third-degree felonies and carry a maximum combined sentence of 14 years imprisonment.
Wiktorchik was arraigned today before Ottsville Magisterial District Judge M. Kay DuBree. Bail was set at $50,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. on March 15 before Judge DuBree.
Corbett said the case will be prosecuted in Bucks County by Deputy Attorney General Gregg Shore, of the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section.