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A Parkersburg physician recently pleaded guilty to attempting to evade taxes and fraudulently claiming more than $34,000 in health care proceeds, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced.

Barton Joseph Adams, 61, who owned the Interventional Pain Management Medical Office in Vienna, recently entered guilty pleas to health care fraud and tax evasion.

The indictment alleges Adams submitted fraudulent claims for ultrasound procedures and pain control injections that were not performed. It also claims Adams submitted false claims overstating how long patients were in his office.  

The indictment also asserted Adams opened a bank account in Shepherdstown to make it appear as though his practice was in the Eastern Panhandle. He also represented to Medicare and Medicaid that he performed services in Martinsburg.

To disguise the location of the transferred funds, the indictment further asserts, Adams had accounts in the Philippines, Nova Scotia, China and other banks scattered around the U.S.

According to the news release, Adams evaded taxes in the amount of $528,579 and made a fraudulent claim for health care proceeds in the amount of $34,314.86.

His wife, Josephine Adams, also opened accounts in several countries along with starting a "shell corporation" in the British Virgin Islands, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office states.

A jury convicted Josephine Adams last year of assisting her husband in laundering $4 million in health care fraud proceeds, the news release states.

Josephine Adams could face up to 20 years in prison for obstructing an official investigation, 10 years for obstructing a judicial proceeding and five years for conspiracy, the news release states.

Barton Adams will forfeit $3.7 million as part of his plea agreement and will file tax returns for the 2004-2009 calendar years. He could face up to 15 years in prison and a $350,000 fine.

"Dr. Adams stole nearly $4 million from the American taxpayers and then schemed with his wife to hide the money in bank accounts around the world," Ihlenfeld said in the news release. "He used the money that he stole to live a luxurious lifestyle, taking fancy trips and staying in high-end hotels, and he had plans to retire overseas until the whole scheme collapsed. I commend the IRS agents for all of the hard work that they have done, and continue to do, as the investigation is ongoing."