According to federal prosecutors, Boyao Huang was found guilty of four counts of healthcare fraud. Huang certified the patients as terminally ill in order to collect nearly $9 million in hospice care charges. An Anaheim physician, Sri Wijegoonaratna, was found guilty on seven counts related to the scheme and is awaiting sentencing.
According to prosecutors, the two doctors ran California Hospice Care in Covina, which recruited Medicare and Medi-Cal recipients. Nurses assessed the patients to determine whether they were terminally ill, and Huang and Wijegoonaratna then certified the patients as terminal, although the vast majority of them were not. Eight other defendants have been charged in the scheme, including a Placentia woman who purchased California Hospice Care in 2007. She had been previously convicted of healthcare fraud involving another operation. She was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Pasadena Fraud Attorney
The government vigorously prosecutes theft from healthcare programs, largely because it spends heavily on healthcare, which provides ample opportunity for fraudulent payments. If you’ve been arrested for fraudulent healthcare billing or any other type of fraudulent activity, you need to the assistance of an experienced fraud attorney like Robert Helfend.
With more than 30 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense, Mr. Helfend has the personal and professional resources you need to defend yourself against these serious accusations. Mr. Helfend takes each case personally, so you can be sure that you will have the full benefit of his extensive experience as a fraud attorney.
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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