Chiropractor faces felony charges

A former Sequim chiropractor now living in Missouri faces one count of theft and nine counts of making false statements or concealing information for allegedly double-billing the state Department of Labor and Industries.

Marc A. Ferrin owned Coastal Chiropractic Center in Sequim and COBI Chiropractic Center on Bainbridge Island. He moved last spring to Jefferson City, Mo., where he operates JC Chiropractic.

A 20-page affidavit alleges Ferrin double-billed L&I between July 2007 and April 2008. It says Ferrin stole more than $1,500 - which qualifies as first-degree theft - and details nine patients from whom Ferrin took money, then also billed Labor and Industries.

First-degree theft is a Class B felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Making false statements or concealing information is a Class C felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

He is scheduled to appear Friday, Dec. 4, in Clallam County Superior Court but would not receive formal notice of his hearing until Tuesday, Dec. 1. Whether Ferrin attends court in person or by phone will be worked out by the judge and attorneys.

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