Lynnwood chiropractor accused of fraudulent billing

Dr. Alexander Styles — a chiropractor with an office at 197th and 44th — is accused of fraudulent billing practices. According to the Department of Labor and Industries, Styles billed L&I for patients he couldn’t possibly have seen, because they were in jail at the time:

L&I investigators became suspicious of Dr. Alexander Styles of Lynnwood while investigating an injured worker. The worker made a claim for a period of time he was behind bars. Investigators noticed that Dr. Styles had submitted billings for this claimant during the period of incarceration, so an investigation was started on Dr. Styles.

We found that Dr. Styles had billed L&I eight times for services he allegedly could not have rendered, because at the time in question these patients were registered guests of the Department of Corrections, or one of its local affiliates.

When questioned, Dr. Styles said his employees had mistakenly created the chart notes related to the questionable billings. Unfortunately for the doctor, he had also neglected to report these employees to L&I for their workers’ compensation coverage.

While the total loss to the Department is just under $3,000, we went forward with criminal charges because of the egregious nature of billing for incarcerated individuals, falsifying chart notes to substantiate the fraudulent billing, and failure to have legally required worker’s comp insurance for his employees.

Styles faces two counts of theft and eight counts of making false statements.  His trial is set for October.

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