A West Jordan chiropractor charged with fraud for allegedly deceiving 10 elderly potential patients is scheduled for trial in August.
Brandon Babcock, 38, is charged in 3rd District Court with 10 counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult, a third-degree felony, along with communications fraud, a second-degree felony.
Babcock’s five-day trial is set to begin August 12 before Judge Terry Christiansen in West Jordan.
During a preliminary hearing, there was testimony that Babcock’s alleged victims — who ranged in age from 61 to 84 — were initially treated to a free gourmet dinner where they could learn about a chiropractor’s “diabetes breakthrough.”
But later, Babcock allegedly either signed them up for credit without their consent or refused to refund their money after telling them they could opt-out of the program within 30 days.
They were never told by Babcock that he was a chiropractor, that they were eventually charged for what was advertised as a “free” consultation and that they were tricked into or had unknowingly signed papers taking out lines of credit with Chase Health Advance, according to testimony.
Several of the victims were not allowed to cancel the credit line because it was in Babcock’s name, according Dan Briggs, an investigator with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).
Chase Health Advance employees told Briggs they eventually repaid nearly half a million dollars to people who claimed they were bilked by Babcock.
West Jordan City revoked Babcock’s business license in August 2012 after he was formally charged. According to DOPL, Babcock’s chiropractic license has been suspended.
Babcock has done business under various names, including “The Integrated Health Center of Utah” and “Functional Endocrinology Institute of Utah.” His business was located at 9265 S. Redwood Road.