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A health query: At a time when America is more sedentary than ever, what sort of damage does an inactive, housebound lifestyle enact upon a healthy human spine? Timothy Grothman, a chiropractor from Post Falls, will have plenty of time to ponder answers during his upcoming six-month home detention. Grothman was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Coeur D'Alene, four months after he admitted in the same court to routinely defrauding health-care companies through his creative billing practices.

Grothman's reported favorite techniques included the classic "bill 'em for something more expensive than the thing ya' done," a few rounds of "charge yer regular customers for a new-patient exam," and perhaps the oldest trick in the book, "send bills to two companies for one service, yee-haw!"

After his six months of electronically monitored laziness, Grothman will still face an additional two and a half years of probation, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and restitution payments to insurance companies totaling $37,000.

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