Toronto Chiropractor charged with fraud, again.
A chiropractor who received his license to practice in Canada after serving jail time for fraud in the United States has had that license revoked after pleading guilty to similar offences in Ontario.
The College of Chiropractors of Ontario says it pulled Edward Hayes' license effective October 6 after he admitted to professional misconduct at a disciplinary hearing.
An agreed statement of fact presented at the hearing says Hayes used to practice in Michigan between 1984 and 1994 until he was convicted of mail fraud.
The statement says he was sentenced to 12 months in jail and fined more than US$140,000, then moved to Canada and successfully got a license to practice in Ontario.
In 2016, an investigation by Aviva Insurance prompted police to charge Hayes and two other people with multiple counts of fraud under $5,000 related to falsified car accident claims.
The agreed statement of fact says Hayes pleaded guilty to one fraud charge in 2017.
As for how does someone get a licence after being convicted and sentenced to jail, you merely apply.
"A committee ultimately decided he should be registered with a series of terms, conditions and limitations." according to Joanne Wilson, from the College of Chiropractors of Ontario.
Those conditions included that Hayes not be in a private practice for 12 months, not control the billing and would appear again in a year.
All that happened, in the late 90's.
Since then, the investigation uncovered the alleged fraud.
Still, the college thinks they did everything right, by following the guidelines as they're set out.
"At the end of the day, the college in response to complaints, revoked the Dr's certificate. That information will be posted on the public register, so if Dr Hayes moves to another jurisdiction, he will not receive a letter of good standing from the Province of Ontario." says Wilson.