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Parkersburg doctor admits tax evasion, fraud

WHEELING, W.Va. -- A Parkersburg doctor faces up to 15 years in prison for health care fraud and tax evasion.

Sixty-one-year-old Barton Joseph Adams entered guilty pleas to the charges this month before a federal judge in Wheeling. He operated a pain management clinic in Vienna.

According to the government, Adams and his wife evaded taxes and made bogus claims for health-care payments totaling nearly $4 million. The two hid the money in foreign accounts and lived a lavish lifestyle of travel and high-end hotels.

As part of a plea agreement, Adams has agreed to the forfeiture of $3.7 million.

Adams' wife, Josephine Adams, was convicted one year ago of 16 felony counts. She faces sentences ranging from 5 to 20 years on each count.

Both also face big fines.


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