Court upholds W.Va. doctor's convictions

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a West Virginia doctor's health care fraud and tax evasion convictions.

A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that Barton Joseph Adams waived his right to appeal as part of his plea agreement. The court found no merit in two claims that were exempt from the waiver.

Adams was sentenced last March to 50 months in prison. He agreed to forfeit $3.7 million and repay $3.1 million to health-care providers.

The Parkersburg doctor and his wife evaded taxes and made bogus claims for health care payments totaling nearly $4 million. They hid the money in foreign accounts and lived a lavish lifestyle.

Adams' wife, Josephine Adams, was convicted in 2011 of 16 felony counts.

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