Calif. Doc Arrested in Scam

October 31, 2005

Ventura County (California) District Attorney Gregory Totten announced that investigators from the District Attorney’s Office – Bureau of Investigation arrested Dr. Kent Pollock (DOB 7-25-44) of Newbury Park, on a felony arrest warrant alleging the double billing of insurance companies for the treatment of individual patients.

Dr. Pollock was arrested on Oct. 18, without incident at his chiropractic office in Camarillo. The two-year investigation completed by the District Attorney’s Office Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit and Automobile Insurance Fraud Unit included assistance from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The fraud scheme came to light after one of Dr. Pollock’s patients and the insurance claims adjuster reportedly discovered discrepancies in Dr. Pollock’s billing practices, including specific billings for days that the patient was never treated at the doctor’s office.

Further investigation reportedly revealed a similar pattern of fraudulent billing practices for a variety of other patients. The patients were being treated for a variety of injuries including work related injuries and personal accident injuries. The fraudulent billing practices took place between 1996 and 2003.

A five-count felony case has been filed against Dr. Pollock including allegations of workers’ comp fraud and insurance fraud. Superior Court Judge Alan Steele authorized the arrest warrant for Dr. Pollock and set his bail at $50,000.

Dr. Pollock’s case is pending arraignment. If convicted on all charges, Dr. Pollock faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison.

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