A federal grand jury has named a San Fernando Valley-based chiropractor in a 15-count indictment that accuses him of defrauding health-care programs by submitting more than $300,000 in fraudulent bills for office visits that never took place and medical equipment never provided.
Israeli-born Yoav Stein, 39, who until about a year ago lived in Encino, was indicted Thursday in a scheme that allegedly defrauded several health-care plans, including Amtrak’s, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The indictment alleges Stein participated in corporate health care fairs, where he induced employees to provide insurance information by offering Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulus (TENS) units for no “out-of-pocket costs.”
Armed with the employees’ insurance information, Stein allegedly submitted fraudulent claims to health care plans.
The indictment charges Stein — a fugitive thought to be in Israel — with 13 counts of health-care fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft, prosecutors said.
If convicted of all charges, Stein would face up to 10 years in federal prison for the health care fraud counts, as well as a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence for aggravated identity theft, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
According to his biography page, Stein “during his 12 illustrious years as a chiropractor … has managed to achieve a success of 90 percent with his patients, and continues to give the best possible gift to his patients, HEALTH.”
His ZocDoc profile from Encino gives him mixed ratings, however.
— City News Service contributed to this report.