Eppelbaum operates the “Atlanta Institute of Medicine and Rehabilitation” and the “Pain Clinic of AIMR” in Atlanta, authorities said.
Prosecutors said he devised a scheme in which he illegally induced Medicare patients from all over the nation to be treated at his clinic by providing free travel accommodations through his own bogus charity, the “Back Pain Fund,” which he created in 2004. He attempted to hide his control over the fund by funneling money through a school in Atlanta and other organizations.
Between 2004 and 2009, he treated hundreds of patients and received millions of dollars from Medicare. Prosecutors said he also evaded about $1 million in federal income taxes between 2006 and 2008 by deducting as charitable donations all the payments he made to the fund, the school and other organizations.