A chiropractor accused of being the ringleader of an alleged $6 million insurance fraud and illegal kickback scheme involving automobile collision medical claims was set to be arraigned Friday on 13 felony counts in a case in which 14 other chiropractors from three counties also have been charged.
Yury Chernega, 47, of Studio City allegedly offered to refer new patients to other chiropractors in return for an illegal referral fee, through which he is accused of collecting about $6 million, according to Los Angeles County prosecutors, who allege that he didn’t report the income from the illegal kickbacks on his tax returns.
The defendants also are accused of filing false claims for medical services they did not provide, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Chernega is charged with four counts each of insurance fraud, participating in patient referral rebates when licensed in the healing arts or as a chiropractor and failure to file an income tax return and one count of money laundering, along with allegations of taking more than $500,000 from about 30 insurance companies through fraud and embezzlement.
Also charged along with Chernega are:
— Nahid Haji Acs, 62, of Rancho Cucamonga;
— Sam Amirmoazzami, 45, of Encino;
— David Wayne Ginoza, 54, of Torrance;
— Alan P. Grubstein, 69, of Rancho Cucamonga;
— Danush Haghani, 46, of Yorba Linda;
— Ramin Lavi, 55, of Chatsworth;
— Robin Stacy Long, 50, of Newhall;
— Victoria Davidovsky Lucas, 50, of Pacific Palisades;
— Michael Milman, 53, of Beverly Hills;
— Gustavo Adolfo Nino, 55, of Pasadena;
— Kamron Nourgostar, 35, of Irvine;
— Jae Ho Park, 51, of Coto de Caza;
— Kamiar Riahi, 44, of Woodland Hills;
— John Sherf, 43, of Sherman Oaks.
Most of the other defendants have posted bond and are due in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday for arraignment. They could also face potential prison terms if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.