A Nutley chiropractor has pleaded guilty to submitting false billing documents to five insurance companies, collecting more than $89,000 to which he was not entitled, the N.J. Attorney General’s Office announced last week.
Under a Nov. 4 plea agreement, the state will recommend that Joseph Salomone, 45, be sentenced to four years in state prison. Salomone also agreed to make full restitution to the companies he defrauded, authorities said.
Sentencing is scheduled Dec. 19 in Hudson County Superior Court.
Salomone, who reportedly had practices in Jersey City and Paterson, directed his office workers to complete periodic reevaluation forms on a number of auto accident victims using pre-determined information unrelated to an actual assessment of the patient, the AG’s office said.
Accordingly, an investigation by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor determined that the patients’ medical records did not accurately reflect whether they needed to continue chiropractic care with Salomone or perhaps needed a change in their treatment plan.
“This defendant’s criminal actions not only led to the illegal gain of more than $89,000, but also caused dozens of patients to receive unnecessary medical treatments,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said.
The fraudulent claims for payment or reimbursement were submitted between 2007 and 2011 to Allstate Insurance Co., High Point Insurance Co., Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., New Jersey Manufacturer’s Insurance Co. and the United States Automobile Association.
Following the fraud investigation, Salomone was indicted by a state grand jury in July 2012.