A Parkersburg doctor has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for health care fraud and tax evasion.
Sixty-one-year-old Barton Joseph Adams received a 50-month sentence Friday in federal court in Wheeling. He operated a pain management clinic in Vienna.
According to the government, Adams and his wife evaded taxes and made bogus claims for health care payments totaling nearly $4 million. The two hid the money in foreign accounts and lived a lavish lifestyle of travel and high-end hotels.
As part of a plea agreement, Adams agreed to forfeit $3.7 million and make $3.1 million in restitution to health care providers.
Adams’ wife, Josephine Adams, was convicted in 2011 of 16 felony counts.
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The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill to change the driver’s license renewal process.
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A bill to allow West Virginia teachers to determine how to use their planning time passed the Senate Education Committee Tuesday.
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A bill that would create a private flood insurance option was introduced in the West Virginia Senate on Monday.
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FEMA said in a letter Monday that the spill “was not of such severity and magnitude” to warrant the additional federal assistance. The Jan. 9 spill spurred a water-use ban for days for 300,000 West Virginians.
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