The former CFO of Long Beach, California-based Pacific Hospital, two orthopedic surgeons and two others have been charged in long-running health care fraud schemes that illegally referred thousands of patients for spinal surgeries and generated nearly $600 million in fraudulent billings. The wide-ranging kickback scheme, which involved dozens of surgeons, orthopedic specialists, chiropractors, marketers and other medical professionals, involved improper referrals to Pacific Hospital and Hawaiian Hospital. The most recent targets of the government’s investigation, all of whom have agreed to plead guilty, include: former Pacific Hospital CFO James L. Canedo; orthopedic surgeons Philip Sobol and Mitchell Cohen; chiropractor Alan Ivar; and health care marketer Paul Richard Randall, previously affiliated with Pacific Hospital and Tri-City Regional Medical Center in Hawaiian Gardens. Under the terms of their plea agreements, Sobol faces a federal prison term of up to 10 years; Canedo, Ivar and Randall face up to five years in prison; and Cohen faces up to three years in prison. All of them will be required to pay restitution to the victims of the scheme, which in Canedo’s case will be at least $20 million. Whistleblower Insider
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