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Northwest Minnesota chiropractor accused of defrauding health insurers expected to change plea

MINNEAPOLIS — A Thief River Falls chiropractor accused of defrauding more than $1 million from insurance companies is expected to change his plea in federal court.

Steven Richard Wiseth, 36, has reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota, according to a letter from his attorney. Wiseth, who is charged with six counts of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft, is scheduled to appear Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court for a change of plea hearing.

He was slated to go to trial Monday, but that has been canceled.

Prosecutors alleged Wiseth billed insurance companies more than $3.1 million in a two-year scheme to scam health insurers through his business, Health Quest Family Chiropractic. The owner billed for "hundreds of treatments that were not provided or were overbilled” from March 2013 through April 2015, a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged.

The charging documents described how Wiseth used promotional events like “ValenSpine’s Day” in the scheme, alleging he provided 641 services to 219 patients in one day.

Wiseth is the only defendant in the case.

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