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SOCIAL SECURITY: Five Doctors Charged with Medicare Fraud

May 25, 2010

Sacramento – A federal grand jury has indicted five doctors and six others with charges to commit health care fraud. The indictment came after an extensive investigation by the Office of the Inspector-General, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to court records, the defendants had three care clinics in Sacramento, Richmond and Carmichael which submitted fraudulent claims amounting to about $5 million between February 2006 and August 2008.

Authorities have identified the alleged leader of the conspiracy as Vardges Egiazarian, 60 years old of Panorama City. The other defendants also include Dr. Alexander Popov, 44, of Los Angeles; Dr. Ramanathan Prakash, 63, of Northridge; Dr. Emilio Cruz III, 57, of Los Angeles; Dr. Lana Le Chabrier, 62, of Santa Barbara; Dr. Sol Teitelbaum, 82, of Los Angeles; Migran Petrosyan, 39, of Burbank; Khachatur Arutunyan, 51, of Tujunga; Shushanik Martirosyan, 43, of Glendale; Zoya Belov, 35, of Carmichael; Nazaret Salmanyan, 27, of Citrus Heights; and Liw Jiaw Saechao, 44, of Sacramento.

If convicted, the suspects face up to ten years imprisonment for the fraudulent claims.

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