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May 25, 2009

Kansas: Chiropractor accused of fraud

The Associated Press

OLATHE, Kan. — A suburban Kansas City chiropractor’s license has been suspended while the state medical board investigates allegations of patients who say they were solicited and underwent painful exams.

The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts issued an emergency suspension of Wasse Zafer’s license three weeks ago. It filed a petition alleging that the Olathe chiropractor obtained fees through fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; falsified records; and committed acts of unprofessional or dishonorable conduct or professional incompetency.

A hearing started Friday to determine if Zafer will be able to keep his license while it considers the allegations. The hearing is to be completed June 3.

Zafer’s attorney, Terri Austenfeld, said the allegations are false and that Zafer does not solicit accident victims.

“He’s going to defend himself strenuously,” Austenfeld told The Kansas City Star.

In 2006, the board fined Zafer $5,000 for misleading advertising.

The new allegations involve several of Zafer’s patients who were in traffic accidents.

Full accounts have been made public in two cases, revealing similar stories: The patients said they received a call after their accidents from someone claiming to represent a public safety advocacy group who referred them to Zafer; the examination techniques Zafer used put them in pain; and Zafer told them they had injuries that could yield thousands of dollars in compensation.

In one case, investigators found a copy of the Olathe Police Department report on the patient’s traffic accident in Zafer’s files. It is illegal in Kansas to use police records to solicit business.

Austenfeld said Zafer does not solicit patients through police reports and has not hired anyone to solicit for him.

“I understand that there is an outfit that calls (potential patients), and Dr. Zafer is in no way related to that outfit,” Austenfeld said. “He doesn’t know why they are referring him cases.”

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