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Restitution a hot issue in case of Ponzi scheming chiropractor

Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

A chiropractor who regained his license after convictions for swindling patients, but was never required to pay restitution once again had his license revoked in a May action by the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Randy Miland, a Minnesota chiropractor was released from federal prison in 2009 after serving two years for wire fraud in a real estate scheme. The restitution amount was $256,000, of which Miland paid $131,000.

But this was not Miland’s only run with the law, nor was it his first time in prison.

In 1999, Miland was convicted of five counts of theft in Washington County District Court and court records show Miland owed his victims over $1.5 million dollars. Miland only paid back a fraction of the amount, and court administrators wrote off the rest of the amount as “uncollectable,” according to a May 18 news report published in the Grand Forks Herald.

The report also notes that Miland’s license was reinstated after he was released from prison in 2011, but it didn’t take long for Miland to relapse into his old ways.

In August 2014, the Minnesota Board of Chiropractor Examiners received a tip that Miland was engsging in unscrupulous activity once again– and that the activity involved patients.
After the completing its investigation, the board found that over the last two years Miland defrauded dozens of patients out of thousands of dollars. The board revoked Miland’s license on April 16.

But the fact that Miland was able to keep his license after his first two equally serious offenses without paying even half of the restitution ordered has Miland’s victims deeply concerned he may evade full responsibility yet again.

Miland’s latest scheme racked up approximately $500,000 from patients and other victims. Miland has yet to pay back the amount and has filed for bankruptcy.

Furthermore, the board said the only reason they were able to revoke Miland’s license was due to the fact there was indisputable evidence that some of Miland’s victims were his patients.

Read the news report here.