The price of fraud
One of the largest cases of health-care fraud ever in the Pittsburgh region finally ended last week.
Douglas Henderson of Lower Burrell was sentenced in federal court to four years in prison and ordered to repay $12 million to Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Henderson, 47, a chiropractor, devised an elaborate scheme to defraud the health insurer and lived high on the hog until it unraveled.
He persuaded a number of people to submit fraudulent claims for services at the former Burrell Chiropractic Clinic in Lower Burrell from 1995 to 2002. Those people received kickbacks when the insurance claims were paid.
And those people have paid dearly, as well. About 15 have been sentenced to jail or ordered to repay the money in recent years.
Kudos to the investigators, who worked many years to unravel the deception.
And shame on all those from this area who were part of this cynical scheme. They thought they could rip off "the system" and make a fast buck. And who would get hurt?
Just all of us ordinary people, forced to pay higher costs for health insurance because of this kind of fraud.