Corporate Compliance

LA clinic owner guilty of defrauding Medicare

Compliance Monitor, March 10, 2010

A US District Court jury in Los Angles convicted the owner of a sham medical clinic of 22 counts of Medicare fraud and six counts of money laundering that resulted in billing Medicare for over $3.2 million, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Manuk Karapetyan, 46, created the fake medical clinic, USA Independent Medical Corp., in order to bill Medicare for over 6,000 claims for more than 800 Medicare patients who were never seen or treated. Karapetyan filed claims under the names of four California licensed physicians whose identities were stolen.

The DOJ began investigating USA Independent after several Medicare patients complained to their physicians of receiving notices of Karapetyan’s charges. On June 21, Karapetyan faces a maximum sentence of 320 years in federal prison.

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