Feds claim chiropractor brothers bilked patients out of $80M

Two chiropractors from Middletown spent years bilking taxpayers out of $80 million by ­recommending patients wear cumbersome back braces even when they didn’t need them — among other “fraudulent billing practices,” according to the feds.

Prosecutors in White Plains, the FBI and the state Comptroller’s Office say chiropractor brothers James and Jeffrey Spina — along with sister Kimberly Spina and their bookkeeper — appeared to be simple operators of a pain-management and rehabilitation center.

“When you’re in PAIN, We offer RELIEF,” says their Web site, which ­offers massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic services.

But behind closed doors, the Spinas and bookkeeper Andrea Grossman were secretly squeezing Medicare and state insurance funds out of millions by billing for fake, unnecessary and already paid-for procedures, the feds said.

“In operating the multiple businesses, James Spina and Jeffrey Spina showed little, if any, regard for which medical services or treatments were medically necessary, or even whether the services were actually provided to patients,” according to court papers.

The alleged fraudsters have pleaded not guilty and face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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