DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA (AUGUST 23, 2011) – Joseph Wagner, 61, can no longer practice in the State of Florida. The surgeon general for the Florida Department of Health, Dr. Frank Farmer, issued the emergency suspension order.
Wagner, billed insurance companies for services he never performed and treated two patients with controlled substances, exceeding the scope of his license. Wagner faked insurance reimbursement claims and called prescriptions into pharmacies using another doctor’s name without ever examining or meeting the patients. The license of the other doctor, John P. Christensen of West Palm Beach, was also suspended.
The FBI along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other agencies raided Wagner’s clinic earlier in the month and confiscated patient records. In addition, Wagner’s son, a chiropractor at a separate clinic is under investigation for his role in the scheme.