Federal investigators arrested 33 Los Angeles health care providers and charged them with fraud. According to investigators, those arrested submitted fraudulent bills to insurers for $660 million. That’s an average of $20 million per provider.
The Los Angeles arrests are part of a nationwide sweep of providers suspected of fraudulently billing more than $2 billion. Federal authorities have filed 16 cases against the 33 providers accused in the independent schemes. According to investigators, the providers submitted phony bills for surgeries, drugs, home health care and other services.
In addition, some of the providers participated in schemes involving kickbacks and bribes. Prosecutors also brought nine new charges related to the now-defunct Pacific Hospital in Long Beach. Pacific Hospital owner Michael Drobot ran the largest insurance fraud scheme in California’s history between 2008 and 2013. Investigators estimate that Drobot cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars. The hospital issued most of the $500 million in fraudulent bills to the California Workers’ Compensation System. Authorities estimate the hospital also paid tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks to doctors and clinics for referrals.
Drobot pleaded guilty in 2017 in federal court to conspiracy and paying kickbacks. He also agreed to cooperate with investigators. One of those arrested last month includes the former Chief Financial Officer of the Pacific Hospital management group. He agreed to plead guilty to mischaracterizing kickbacks on the hospital’s corporate tax returns.
Los Angeles fraud attorney
The federal government is the largest payer of health care related services, so prosecutors follow healthcare fraud very closely. When you face healthcare fraud charges, hire an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and in any federal circuit in the United States.
Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, which means that you’ll always work directly with him on your case. Don’t settle for inexperience and don’t assume there’s nothing you can do to help yourself.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County fraud case.
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