Hovik Simitian, owner and operator of three medical clinics located in Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to submitting more than $4.5 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare. Simitian admitted he and his co-conspirators paid cash kickbacks to patient recruiters who brought Medicare beneficiaries to his clinics, Columbia Medical Group Inc., Life Care Medical Clinic and Safe Health Medical Clinic. Simitian also admitted they billed Medicare for lab tests and other services that were not medically necessary or not actually provided and created false documentation reflecting the services had been provided. DOJ
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