California Doctor Pleads Guilty In 8 Million Dollar Medicaid Fraud Scheme

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A California man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

According to court documents, Keyvan Amirikhorheh, M.D, 61, of Seal Beach, worked as a physician at Los Angeles Community Clinic. Together with his co-defendants, Amirikhorheh defrauded the Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment (Family PACT) program administered by Medi-Cal, the California Medicaid program, by submitting and causing the submission of fraudulent claims for family planning services, diagnostic testing, and prescriptions for non-existent patients.

Amirikhorheh is the final defendant to plead guilty. Hilda Haroutunian, 61, of Sun Valley, California pleaded guilty on Sept. 25, 2020, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 17; Lorraine Watson, 57, a physician’s assistant, of Valley Village, California, pleaded guilty on Oct. 9, 2020, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 10; Edmond Sarkisyan, 41, of North Hollywood, California, pleaded guilty on Jan. 29, and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 16; and Noem Sarkisyan, 65, of North Hollywood, California, pleaded guilty on March 5, 2020, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 3.

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As alleged in court documents, between approximately March 2016 and April 2019, Los Angeles Community Clinic and associated laboratories and pharmacies submitted approximately $8,406,204 in claims to Medi-Cal and were paid approximately $6,660,028 as the result of this fraudulent scheme.

Amirikhorheh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 1, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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