Las Vegas chiropractor sentenced in Social Security fraud case


A Las Vegas chiropractor and boxing judge was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for fraudulently collecting $400,000 in Social Security disability benefits.

The sentence handed down to Paul G. Smith, 66, includes three years of supervised release and $435,674 in restitution.

According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice:

■ Smith received Social Security disability benefits from September 1994 to December 2005 based on his claim that a back injury affected his ability to work as a chiropractor.

■ While receiving the benefits, Smith continued to regularly own and manage Las Vegas chiropractic business Rainbow Chiropractic Center, regularly withdrawing revenues for personal expenses. Smith sold the business for $325,000 in December 2002.

■ He also worked as a licensed boxing judge in Nevada on a consistent and ongoing basis from January 1987 until December 2007, judging about 189 fights and receiving $133,000 in income. Smith failed to provide information about his employment to the Social Security Administration.

Smith pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud on Aug. 26 and must report to prison by July 20.

Contact reporter Trevon Milliard at tmilliard@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0279.

 

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