Former Phoenix chiropractor receives prison sentence for wire fraud

On May 9, Dr. Randal Curtis Pruitt, 44, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 18-months in prison, ordered to pay $478,549 in restitution and perform 100 community service hours, while serving a three-year term of supervised release after prison. Dr. Pruitt previously pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud.

“Patients seeking medical treatment expect the utmost discretion from health care professionals, who are persons they entrust with some of their most personal information.  Dr. Pruitt abused his special position of trust and today was appropriately held accountable for his conduct,” stated U.S. attorney John S. Leonardo.

While operating the Arizona Back Institute in Phoenix in 2010 and 2011, Dr. Pruitt defrauded Synchrony Bank (formerly GE Money Bank) and JP Morgan Chase by assuming the identity of 56 patients and obtaining credit card accounts or lines of credit in their names.  Once the credit accounts were obtained, he submitted false claims for services he had not performed or double billed for services for which he had already been paid.

As part of his restitution, he was also ordered to repay 17 patients who had paid for services but did not receive them after he closed his practice.  His license was previously revoked by the Arizona Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

At sentencing, Judge Humetewa noted that Dr. Pruitt has yet to repay any of his creditors or patients.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the FBI with assistance from the Phoenix Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Frederick A. Battista, assistant U.S. attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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