A Marion doctor is required to pay back $150,000 for fraudulent workers' compensation bills, according to a state government agency.
In a press release, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) say Dr. Joseph Spare and the Marion Independent Physicians Association (MIPA), of which he is a member, have agreed to cover the bill that includes investigative costs.
Dr. Spare is a psychiatrist at MIPA and the fraud allegedly occured when his office made more revenue than they were entitled to. The BWC's fraud team discovered that Spare was using three underqualified staff members to conduct over 1,100 counseling sessions, with Spare himself only checking in toward the end. This led to a larger number of patients being seen per day.
BWC administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer said, "We're committed to bringing anyone who commits fraudulent activity to justice."
According to the release, the Ohio Attorney General's office filed a civil suit against Spare and MIPA in Marion County Common Pleas Court, but the matter was settled out of court.