Westmoreland County chiropractor pleads guilty to health care fraud and tax evasion

| Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 4:48 p.m.

A Westmoreland County chiropractor who operated two offices in West Virginia pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wheeling, W.Va., to federal charges of health care fraud and tax evasion. As part of the plea agreement, federal prosecutors have agreed that Joseph J. Yurigan, 62, of New Alexandria should be sentenced to one year and six months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Frederick Stamp said in his court order that he would decide whether to accept the plea bargain after federal probation officials complete a presentencing investigation and make their sentencing recommendation. Stamp did not immediately set a date for Yurigan's sentencing.

A West Virginia federal grand jury in August 2011 indicted Yurigan on 33 counts of health care fraud, four counts of tax evasion and one count of interfering with revenue laws. Between 2004 and 2009, Yurigan billed for office visits and services he never performed, concealed part of his income, destroyed business records and hid assets under his children's names, prosecutors say.

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