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Parkersburg doctor sentenced for tax evasion, fraud

WHEELING, W.Va. -- A Parkersburg doctor has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for health care fraud and tax evasion.

Sixty-one-year-old Barton Joseph Adams received a 50-month sentence Friday in federal court 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 agreed to forfeit $3.7 million and make $3.1 million in restitution to health-care providers. Adams' wife, Josephine Adams, was convicted in 2011 of 16 felony counts.


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