July 24, 2016

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Sentencing pushed back for Medina chiropractor

AKRON — The sentencing of a Medina chiropractor convicted in federal court of defrauding $1.8 million from insurance companies and Medicare was delayed about two weeks.
Dr. John N. Heary, 38, is scheduled to be sentenced May 10.

Heary pleaded guilty in October to seven counts of health-care fraud as part of a plea bargain that dropped 31 more counts of health-care fraud, nine counts of mail fraud and eight counts of paying illegal kickbacks.

He was accused of providing patients with medical treatments that were unnecessary to their health or were more expensive than required, and then submitting bills to Medicare, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Medical Mutual of Ohio and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Heary could face a maximum of 10 years in prison, and he likely will lose his medical license, Northern Ohio U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Mike Tobin said.

Heary operated out of his 433 W. Liberty St. office and was allowed to remain free on bond until his sentencing.

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