A chiropractor in Riverside is free on bond following his May 11th arrest after being charged with receiving $300,000.00 in kickbacks. Curtis Wayne Montgomery, 59, is charged with 3 counts of insurance fraud, 28 counts of receiving commission for referring clients and 16 counts of money laundering.
Curtis Wayne Montgomery allegedly received money from Providence Scheduling and would make patient treatment referrals to companies owned by those who made referrals to him resulting in a cycle of unnecessary or useless treatments.
The owners of Providence Scheduling, Carlos Arguello and Fermin Iglesias, have entered pleas in San Diego federal court in connection with a workers' compensation fraud scheme which was indicted in January of 2016. Providence Scheduling allegedly directed patients to medical companies, also owned by them, for equipment, imaging and treatments and would then bill the insurance companies for the work and providers who cooperated with them for kickbacks.
This scheme created a cycle of unnecessary referrals for care as the number of referrals dictated the amount of kickback the provider received. Investigators learned of Montgomery's scheme in March of this year and he faces a period from 2011 to 2016 in his charges brought against him.
It is important to review all medical referrals when handling workers' compensation claims to prevent unnecessary appointments which may delay claim resolution and to prevent fraudulent charges. If you ever have any questions or concern, please reach out to our firm for information.