ROSWELL, Ga. -- An Atlanta doctor has been sentenced to 50 months in prison for defrauding Medicare and the IRS.
Lawrence Eppelbaum, 54, of Roswell must also pay a $3.5 million fine after being convicted of 27 counts of healthcare fraud, tax fraud and money laundering.
Eppelbaum operated the Atlanta Institute of Medicine and Rehabilitation (AIMR) and the Pain Clinic of AIMR. In 2004, he created a program called the Back Pain Fund, which transported patients between his Buckhead clinic and a hot spring in Florida. Despite labeling the fund a charity, Eppelbaum paid the vast majority of its operating expenses.
According to information presented in federal court, Eppelbaum entered into an arrangement with the Torah Day School in northeast Atlanta, where the parents of students would make their tuition checks payable to the Back Pain Fund instead of the school. In return, Eppelbaum repaid the school for the amount of the tuition plus 25 percent.