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West Virginia osteopath pleads guilty to health care fraud, tax evasion

| Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 5:24 p.m.

A West Virginia osteopath pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of stealing nearly $4 million in a health care fraud and tax evasion scheme to finance a luxurious lifestyle for himself and his wife.

Barton Joseph Adams, 61, who owned and operated the Interventional Pain Management office in Vienna, W.Va., admitted evading paying more than $528,000 in taxes and making more than $34,000 in fraudulent health care claims, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.

Adams, a doctor of osetopathic medicine, agreed to forfeit $3.7 million and to file amended tax returns for 2004 through 2009,

His wife, Josephine A. Adams, 49, formerly of Parkersburg, was convicted last November of conspiring with her husband to hide nearly $4 million of health care fraud proceeds.

“(Barton Adams) used the money that he stole to live a luxurious lifestyle, taking fancy trips and staying in high-end hotels and he had plans to retire overseas until the whole scheme collapsed,” Ihlenfeld said after Wednesday's hearing in Wheeling.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or mhasch@tribweb.com.

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