A Los Angeles doctor who billed Medicare for procedures that patients either did not need or never received was convicted Friday of health-care fraud, along with a woman who recruited patients for the clinic and received kickback payments in return.
Dr. Robert Glazer, 73, was convicted of conspiracy to commit health-care fraud, and 12 counts of health-care fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Co-defendant Marina Merino, 62, of Los Angeles, was convicted of conspiracy to commit health-care fraud and eight counts of health-care fraud.
Both are set to be sentenced Sept. 9.
Two other defendants in the case previously pleaded guilty — Angela Avetisyan, the office manager of the Glazer Clinic and co-owner of Fifth Avenue Home Health, and Ashot Minasyan, co-owner of Fifth Avenue Home Health. They are scheduled to be sentenced Monday.
According to prosecutors, Avetisyan and Minasyan would pay patient recruiters such as Merino to identify Medicare beneficiaries and refer them to the Glazer Clinic. Once there, Glazer would often refer patients for services such as home health and hospice services and order them medical equipment they did not need or receive, prosecutors said.
Based on Glazer’s referrals, Avetisyan and Minasyan would bill Medicare for services that were never provided or weren’t medically necessary, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The scheme led to the submission of about $33 million in claims, of which Medicare paid about $22 million, prosecutors said.
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