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Fort Worth chiropractor sentenced for healthcare fraud

A Fort Worth chiropractor was sentenced Tuesday to one year and one day in a federal prison for submitting false reimbursement claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

Melva Mitchell, 35, who operated Best Choice Chiropractic and Wellness Center on Oakland Boulevard, also must pay $126,048 in restitution.

Mitchell was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor and will report to prison Feb. 24.

She submitted reimbursement claims to Medicare and Medicaid for chiropractic services that were not performed.

Federal officials said Mitchell claimed to have performed 25 chiropractic manipulations in her office from March 8 to March 10, 2011, but she was on vacation in Puerto Rico at the time.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr