A 27-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested Tuesday on federal charges of taking kickbacks to recruit clients for sober living homes for insurance money.
Darius Jarell Moore was freed on $70,000 bond after his initial appearance in federal court in Santa Ana Tuesday afternoon, said Ciaran McEvoy, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was scheduled to be arraigned May 3.
Moore is charged with a count of solicitation and receipt of payment in return for referring a patient to a recovery home or clinical treatment facility, McEvoy said.
Prosecutors allege Moore has taken in $350,000 in kickbacks from sober living facilities in Orange County through a “shell company.”
Moore is accused of being a “body broker,” who recruits addicts who enter sober living facilities with no intention to get better, but to generate insurance payments in exchange for a fee.
Moore allegedly accepted a $16,000 kickback from a “corrupt” sober living facility, prosecutors said.
One sober living facility agreed to pay Moore $10,000 monthly and another agreed to hand over $70,000 monthly to him to recruit more patients, prosecutors alleged.