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W.Va. doctor admits tax evasion, fraud

Nov. 21, 2012 @ 12:02 PM

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A high-living 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.