Clad in prison scrubs and shackled at the waist, Fresno Chiropractor John Arakelian plead not guilty to 21 felony counts.
The district attorney alleges Arakelian was among a team of chiropractors paid kickbacks to refer patients for fraudulent or unnecessary medical tests. Aside from the criminal charges, Allstate Insurance is suing for $4 million.
Allstate says Dr. Rios and Fresno Chiropractor Dolphus Pierce ran P&R Medical and enlisted a team of medical doctors to see patients at chiropractic clinics.
Allstate says they did it because chiropractors can't prescribe drugs and because the medical groups would undergo less scrutiny for doling out unnecessary and excessive treatments.
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