Chiropractor faces charges in fraud case

HOWLAND – A local chiropractor faces felony charges in two different cases filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court that developed out of a search warrant and a raid on his East Market Street medical offices in 2009.

Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay on Monday unsealed an affidavit used in November 2009 to raid offices of Dr. Jeffrey Stychno, 43.

McKay unsealed the details in the case at the request of attorney Michael Moran, who represents Stychno and who was seeking discovery for a Workers’ Compensation fraud case and a separate Medicaid fraud case that Stychno was named in earlier this year.

According to Tribune archives, investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation shuttered Stychno’s Integrated Health offices at 5500 E. Market St. over what one investigator called billing irregularities. The investigator said at the time that BWC was working with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office on the case.

Internet sites show Stychno currently is practicing out of an office on Niles Cortland Road S.E. in Howland.

And assistant attorney general Michael Fisher said Stychno, of Hunter’s Trail S.E., still has a valid license but faces a pretrial Thursday before Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft in the workers’ compensation fraud case.

Stychno has pleaded not guilty to a five-count indictment that includes two complicity counts of workers’ compensation fraud and two complicity counts of theft, all fourth-degree felonies, and an additional complicity count of tampering with records, a third-degree felony.

Fisher wouldn’t discuss allegations against Stychno, but the indictments accuse Stychno of theft charges between Jan. 7, 2007, and Dec. 8, 2009, and from Nov. 17, 2006, to Sept. 15, 2009, and ”depriving” BWC of between $7,500 and $150,000. Workers’ Compensation charges for the same time periods accuse the doctor of presenting a ”false or misleading statement with the purpose to secure payment for goods or services rendered.” The tampering charge accuses him of ”falsifying, destroying, removing, concealing, altering, defacing or mutilating” records that he was required to keep.

In a second case, Stychno is indicted a misdemeanor count of Medicaid fraud and felony counts of theft and falsification.