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Chiropractor Garry Craighead, recipient of the aforementioned kickbacks, treated Texas injured workers until the Division got wise to him and denied him admission to the Division’s former approved doctors list on August 26, 2007. Thereafter, he was prohibited from providing healthcare services in the Texas Workers’ Compensation System. However, he continued to treat federal injured workers until being charged with federal crimes.
Craighead pleaded guilty in December 2015 to counts including solicitation and receipt of illegal remunerations in federal health programs. He was sentenced June 10, 2016 to 14 years in prison and ordered to repay more than $17 million to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Craighead treated mainly U.S. Postal Service workers at his Union Treatment Centers. In 2008, Craighead issued a notice to all AFL-CIO union members and postal employees stating:
Important Notice to all Branch 181 Letter Carriers in the Austin Area, our Union brothers and sisters were recently informed of the numerous advantages being offered by Garry Craighead, a physician and Director of Union Treatment Centers located at 8900 Shoal Creek Blvd. Building 200, in Austin, TX. 78757. . . . .
Dr. Craighead is providing assistance and treatment for all Federal and State Workers Compensation claims to benefit your "on the job injury needs" . . . .
The notice did not identify the specific "advantages" Craighead offered the Union brothers and sisters for treating with him over other providers.