A Parkersburg doctor described as " a high liver," is facing up to 15 years in prison for health care fraud and tax evasion.

Barton Joseph Adams, 61, entered guilty pleas to the charges before a federal judge in Wheeling. Adams operated a pain management clinic in Vienna.

According to the government, Adams and his wife evaded taxes and made bogus claims for health care payments totaling nearly $4 million. The two hid the money in foreign accounts and lived a lavish lifestyle of travel and high-end hotels.

As part of a plea agreement, Adams has agreed to the forfeiture of $3.7 million.

Adams' wife, Josephine Adams, was convicted one year ago of 16 felony counts. She faces sentences ranging from 5 to 20 years on each count.

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