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Keokuk Chiropractor to Pay Fine for Fraudulent Actions

Jan 18, 2017

A Keokuk chiropractor must pay a $500 fine as part of a settlement with the Iowa Board of Chiropractic.

The board charged Jason James in July 2015 with three counts:

  • Knowingly making misleading, deceptive, untrue, or fraudulent representations
  • Engaging in unethical conduct or practice harmful or detrimental to the public
  • Using untruthful or improbable statements in advertising.

James was accused of promising current and potential patients that he could help them stop taking their diabetes medication through the use of diet and nutrition. The state board said James was not trained to offer this type of service.

The initial charges also stated that James “claimed to be providing extensive laboratory tests on patients participating in the program. Not all tests promised and charged for were conducted or read.”

Roughly 18 months after the charges were filed, James and the board reached a settlement.

James agreed to pay the fine, take part in ten hours of continuing education, and not participate in diabetic wellness programs.

“Should [James] violate the terms of this order, the board may initiate action to impose other licensee discipline as authorized by Iowa Code…,” according to the final settlement, which the state board approved this month. “Once entered, this order shall have the force and effect of a disciplinary order entered following a contested case hearing.

Per the terms of the settlement, James cannot appeal it to the board or the court.