Fraud Scheme Lands Long Beach Hospital Owner In Jail
Fraud Scheme Lands Long Beach Hospital Owner In Jail
The former owner of the Pacific Hospital in Long Beach will spend the next five years in federal prison. Michael Drobot, 73, of Long Beach billed the government $600 million in a long-running insurance fraud scheme. According to prosecutors, Drobot paid more than $40 million in kickbacks to doctors for phony patient referrals. He then billed state and federal workers’ compensation programs for surgeries and other medical treatments.

The case also netted at least eight other people connected to the scam, including a former state representative. Ronald Calderon is currently incarcerated for accepting bribes from Drobot to promote favorable insurance legislation. In addition to the jail term, Drobot must also forfeit more than $10 million in fines related to the scheme.

Long Beach Fraud Lawyer


When you face fraud charges, hire an experienced fraud lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience and has defended thousands of Southern Californians. He takes cases in both federal and state courts.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so you will work directly with him on your defense. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case.

Federal fraud prosecutions are serious, and federal prosecutors are aggressive. You need an attorney who will fight just as aggressively for you in court. Whether you face charges in federal or state court, you need an attorney with the experience it takes to stand up to a zealous prosecution.

Don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself, and don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney. The right attorney can really make a difference in the outcome of your case.

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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