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February 22, 2019

Posted  February 22, 2019

Marketers, doctors, lawyers, and medical service provider defendants were sentenced this week for their roles in a multi-million dollar California worker’s compensation fraud scheme in the San Diego area.  The defendants recruited patients and referred them to co-defendant attorneys to file fraudulent claims on their behalf and medical providers who performed often unnecessary and painful medical procedures for which they would then bill insurers including California Workers’ Compensation.  Ronald Grusd, a doctor who owned a diagnostic imaging company, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $1.3 million.  Fermin Iglesias, who worked as a patient capper, was sentenced to 5 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $1 million. Julian Garcia, who provided services to assist the referrals and kickbacks, was sentenced to three years in prison.  Jennifer Louise White, who marketed to providers in the network, was sentenced to two years in prison.  Sean O’Keefe, an attorney who filed fraudulent claims on behalf of patients, was sentenced to 13 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $300,000.  Steven Rigler, a chiropractor, was sentenced to six months in prison.  USAO SD Cal.

Tagged in: Anti-Kickback and Stark, Criminal Proceedings, Healthcare Fraud, Medical Billing Fraud, Other Government Health Programs, Provider Fraud,