December 4, 2013
Three Defendants Convicted In $3.2M Medicare Fraud Scheme
San Francisco - Patrick Adebowale Sogbein, his wife, Adebola Adefunke Adebimpe, and Eduardo Abad were convicted today by a federal jury, following a 13-day trial, of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud and Health Care Fraud, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag; David Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Francisco; and Glenn R. Ferry, the Special Agent in Charge for the Los Angeles Regional Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. Sogbein and Abad were also convicted of Conspiracy to Pay and Receive Kickbacks involving the Medicare Program.
November 19, 2013
Nursing Home Operator to Pay $48 Million to Resolve Allegations Those Six California Facilities Billed for Unnecessary Therapy
The Ensign Group Inc., a skilled nursing provider based in Mission Viejo, Calif., that operates nursing homes across the western U.S. has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly submitted to Medicare false claims for medically unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services, the Justice Department announced today. Six of Ensign's skilled nursing facilities in California allegedly submitted the false claims: Atlantic Memorial Healthcare Center, located in Long Beach; Panorama Gardens, located in Panorama City; The Orchard Post-Acute Care (a.k.a. Royal Court), located in Whittier; Sea Cliff Healthcare Center, located in Huntington Beach; Southland, located in Norwalk; and Victoria Care Center, located in Ventura.
August 26, 2013
Former Owner of Los Angeles Medical Equipment Supply Company Pleads Guilty to $2.6 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
A former owner of a Los Angeles-area medical equipment supply company pleaded guilty today to a $2.6 million Medicare fraud scheme. Akinola Afolabi, 54, of Long Beach, Calif., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez in the Central District of California to one count of health care fraud.
August 26, 2013
Los Angeles Man Who Recruited 'Patients' from Los Angeles 'Skid Row' as Part of $10 Million Health Care Scam Sentenced to Federal Prison
LOS ANGELES-A Los Angeles man who recruited homeless people from the "Skid Row" section of Los Angeles as part of a widespread scheme to defraud Medicare and Medi-Cal by providing unnecessary health services was sentenced this morning to 18 months in federal prison.
August 23, 2013
California Man Sentenced For Running Fraudulent Clinic
Philadelphia - George Baginyan, 33, of Glendale, California, was sentenced to two years in prison for operating a fraudulent clinic and defrauding Medicare. Baginyan was the owner of New Era Health Center Inc. ("New Era"), a purported clinic that was located near the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Between December 2008 and October 2009, Baginyan used the National Provider Identification number (NPI) of an elderly and frail doctor of osteopathy to bill Medicare for medical services and tests, making it appear that the doctor had provided those services and tests when he had not.
July 30, 2013
Former Owner of Los Angeles Medical Equipment Supply Company Sentenced for Conspiring to Defraud Medicare
The owner and operator of a durable medical equipment (DME) supply company was sentenced today to serve 24 months in prison for conspiring to submit nearly $1 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.
July 24, 2013
Owner of California Medical Equipment Supply Company Found Guilty of $11 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
The daughter of a church pastor and owner of a California-based durable medical equipment (DME) supply company was found guilty by a jury of Medicare fraud charges for her role in a Medicare fraud scheme that resulted in over $11 million in fraudulent billings to Medicare.
July 18, 2013
Owner of Los Angeles-area DME Company Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud Medicare and Medi-Cal
The owner of a Los Angeles-area durable medical equipment (DME) supply company has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud Medicare and Medi-Cal of more than $650,000.
July 1, 2013
Los Angeles Medical Supply Company Owner Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for $8.4 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
The owner and operator of a durable medical equipment (DME) supply company was sentenced today to serve five years in prison in connection with a health care fraud scheme involving Latay Medical Services, a DME company based in Gardena, Calif.
July 1, 2013
Los Angeles-Area Doctor and Patient Recruiter Plead Guilty to Participating in a Power Wheelchair Scheme That Defrauded Medicare of Over $10.1 Million
A Los Angeles-area doctor and a patient recruiter pleaded guilty today for their roles in a power wheelchair fraud scheme that defrauded Medicare of over $10.1 million.
June 5, 2013
San Jose Woman Sentenced To 13 Months in Prison for Role in Health Care Fraud Scheme
Gurinder Mand was sentenced today to 13 months in prison and ordered to pay $254,906.20 in restitution for her involvement in a health care fraud scheme operated out of a San Jose pharmacy, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.
April 25, 2013
Southern California Physician and Two Co-Conspirators Found Guilty for Roles in $1.5 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
A Southern California physician, a durable medical equipment (DME) supply company employee and a health care professional were found guilty late yesterday by a federal jury in Los Angeles for their roles in a $1.5 million Medicare fraud scheme.
April 22, 2013
Former Owner of Los Angeles Medical Equipment Supply Company Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud Medicare
Tigran Aklyan, 37, of Van Nuys, Calif., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald in the Central District of California to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
April 16, 2013
Amgen to Pay U.S. $24.9 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations
Pharmaceutical manufacturer, Amgen, settled allegations of kickbacks for their program to encourage Medicare and Medicaid patients to switch from a competitors’ drug to theirs.
April 16, 2013
San Fernando Valley Doctor Who Pled Guilty in $3 Million Medicare Fraud Case Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Federal Prison
A medical doctor who owns a cosmetic medicine clinic in the Winnetka district of the San Fernando Valley has been sentenced to 42 months in federal prison for bilking Medicare out of more than $3 million by submitting bills for procedures he never performed.
March 28, 2013
SoCal Woman Sentenced to 13 Years in Federal Prison in Medicare Fraud Scheme
Uben Ogbu Rush sentenced in an $8 million Medicare fraud case involving Durable Medical Equipment.
March 7, 2013
Doctor Convicted of Six Counts of Health Care Fraud in Multi-Million Dollar Scam
Dr. Augustus Ohemeng and his co-conspirators submitted $5.6 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.
January 31, 2013
Doctor and Owner Of Medical Supply Company Plead Guilty in Million-Dollar Power Wheelchair Scam
Dr. Irving Schwartz and Jose Melendez entered their guilty pleas.
January 24, 2013
Doctor Pleads Guilty in Multi-Million-Dollar Medicare Fraud Case Involving Treatments Never Performed
Pezhman Ebrahimzadeh, a.k.a. Pez Abrahams submitted $7.5 million in bogus claims, and Medicare paid just over $3 million.