December 1, 2013 in City

In brief: Chiropractor pays Washington for fraudulent billing

From Wire Reports
 

TUMWATER, Wash. – The Washington Department of Labor and Industries said it has collected nearly $89,000 from a Vancouver chiropractor after accusing his clinic of fraudulent billing.

Dr. Lucas Homer owns Cascade Park Sports Medicine and Rehab. The clinic contracted with Labor and Industries to provide therapeutic massage, physical therapy and chiropractic services to injured workers receiving workers’ compensation benefits.

An investigation revealed that the clinic had improperly billed the department $88,846 for hundreds of appointments from 2009 to 2011.

The company pleaded guilty in Thurston County District Court to one count of attempted second-degree theft.

Neo-Nazi sentenced for making threats

WOODLAND, Wash. – A self-described neo-Nazi who was behind bars when he made threats against a southwest Washington police officer is now headed back to prison.

The Daily News of Longview reported that 49-year-old Ronald Michael White pleaded guilty last month to charges of riot and harassment by threatening bodily harm. He’s been sentenced to two years.

Court documents say White wanted to get back at a Woodland officer who investigated a 2009 fraud case that put him away for 19 months. In 2011, while still in custody, he wrote a letter accusing the officer of having an affair with his wife. He also wrote that he had joined a white supremacist movement in prison and had told his “new family” about how the officer had wronged him.

White also left a threatening voice mail for the officer after he was released from prison.

White is a registered sex offender with a history of convictions for violent crimes.

Police plan to lower city deer population

HELENA – Police in Helena starting today plan to remove up to 60 deer from the city during December as part of an effort to reduce the deer population to 25 per square mile.

Chief Troy McGee told the Independent Record that the deer will be trapped using cages baited with fruit and oats.

The deer will then be killed and taken to a local meat processor, eventually ending up at the Helena Food Share.

McGee said that since the program began in the fall of 2008, about 670 deer have been removed by the police department.

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