Howland chiropractor indicted on Workers' Comp, Medicaid fraud
By Ed Runyan
A Howland chiropractor has been indicted in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on seven felony charges including workers’ compensation fraud, theft, tampering with records, falsification and misdemeanor Medicaid fraud.
Jeffrey L. Stychno, 43, of Hunter’s Trail Southeast in Howland, pleaded innocent to the charges during arraignment and returns to court April 17. He is free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond, meaning he didn’t have to pay anything.
The workers’ compensation and Medicaid cases were indicted separately, but a prosecutor has asked the court to join the two cases into one.
Stychno’s indictments accuse him of workers’ compensation fraud and theft in September and December 2009, tampering with records in December 2009, as well as theft, falsification and Medicaid fraud in December 2006.
In 2009, when agents were investigating the matter, Stychno worked out of the Integrated Health Inc. offices at 5500 East Market Street in Warren, near the state Route 5 Bypass.
Stychno is still licensed to practice as a chiropractor but works out of an office at 953 Niles-Cortland Road NE in Howland.
Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court unsealed the contents of a 2009 search warrant this week as requested by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
DeWine, in a letter to Judge McKay, said it would be necessary to unseal the contents of the search warrant to comply with the request of Stychno’s attorney, Michael Moran, for discovery materials Moran needs to prepare for trial.
The search warrant asked McKay for permission for agents to search the East Market Street offices to collect evidence, which they did.
A filing in the cases from Maritza Flaherty, an associate assistant attorney general, says the charges stem from Stychno billing for services not rendered and tampering with records of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Stychno was indicted on those charges in January.
In February, he was indicted on charges accusing him of billing for Medi-caid services not rendered.