Chiropractor sentenced for allergy ALCAT testing scam

Posted 04 September 2019

In February 2019, the California Board of Medical Examiners accused Benjamin Darrow, D.C. of unprofessional conduct related to criminal charges that he had defrauded insurance companies. The charges centered around his billing for ALCAT tests for “intolerances” to foods and other environmental substances. ALCAT tests are not recognized as valid by the scientific community and are not covered by most insurance programs.

Reference: Barrett S. Chiropractor prosecuted for false billing for ALCAT testing. Chirobase, Aug 30, 2019

According to the accusation, Darrow managed to get paid by using false billing codes and pretending that the tests were done in his offices. In May 2019, Darrow pleaded “no contest” to the criminal charges and agreed to pay restitution plus investigative and court costs. In August 2019, he was sentenced to serve a year in jail, ordered to pay $877,000 in restitution, and serve six years and four months on probation following his jail term during which he is not to practice chiropractic.

Reference: Nero M. San Mateo County chiropractor sentenced for insurance fraud. Patch.com, Aug 29, 2019

Source: Consumer Health Digest #19-35, September 1, 2019

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