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Doctor's spouse guilty of health care fraud

| Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

A federal jury on Thursday convicted the wife of a West Virginia physician of conspiring with her husband to hide nearly $4 million of proceeds from health care fraud.

After a four-day trial, the jury in Wheeling convicted Josephine A. Adams, 49, formerly of Parkersburg, of 16 counts of obstructing a health care fraud investigation, obstructing official judicial proceedings and conspiracy.

Adams is the wife of Barton J. Adams, a doctor of osteopathic medicine who owned and operated the Intervention Pain Management medicine office in Vienna, W.Va., about 90 miles southwest of Wheeling. He remains in custody to await trial.

The jury heard evidence that Josephine Adams assisted her husband in laundering nearly $4 million. The money first was deposited into accounts in West Virginia and then moved to accounts across the United States and in Canada, China and the Philippines.

Prosecutors said Adams, who is free pending sentencing, opened the accounts and a large shell corporation in the British Virgin Islands to hide the money. Large wire transfers were made from accounts controlled by the doctor to his wife's accounts, prosecutors also said.

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