Unlicensed Man Convicted of Acting as an Acupuncturist

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On January 5, 2017, Stephen Rainbolt, owner of the Alphabiotic Center of San Diego, pleaded guilty and was convicted of one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of the title “acupuncturist” and sentenced to three years of probation.  Rainbolt had been scheduled to go to a jury trial on January 26 to face charges of offering to practice acupuncture without a license, unlawful use of the title “acupuncturist,” and false or misleading advertising, all misdemeanors.

The San Diego City Attorney’s Office filed the charges against Rainbolt after an undercover operation found that Rainbolt, a former acupuncturist whose license expired in 2014, had continued to offer acupuncture treatments at his San Diego home.  Rainbolt offered to perform acupuncture on an undercover investigator.

The investigation of Rainbolt was conducted by the Investigation and Enforcement Unit-San Diego Field Office of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) after the California Acupuncture Board received complaints about Rainbolt’s practice.

 

 

 


Former Acupuncturist Charged with Insurance Fraud

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A Half Moon Bay man will be in San Mateo County Superior court September 23, 2015 for arraignment on charges of practicing acupuncture without a license and preparing false insurance claims.

An investigation conducted by the Investigation and Enforcement Unit-Hayward Field Office of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) found Mark Takata, a former acupuncturist whose license expired in 2010, continued to practice acupuncture and create insurance billing sheets for patients.   Between July 22, 2010 and November 8, 2014, Takata caused 145 insurance claims to be submitted for acupuncture treatments which he was not licensed to provide.  During that time, Takata worked at Newbold Chiropractic located at 455 Avenida Alhambra in Half Moon Bay.

The San Mateo District Attorney’s Office charged Takata with two misdemeanor counts for practicing acupuncture without a license and for using the title licensed acupuncturist, and with 13 felony counts for preparing false insurance claims and causing the claims to be submitted to insurance companies for payment.

The case was referred to DOI after receipt of a consumer complaint.  The California Acupuncture Board worked closely with DOI throughout the investigation