SACRAMENTO -- A 43-year-old self-described "life coach" who managed a clinic in Richmond was sentenced to more than two years in prison for conspiring to commit health care fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.
Migran Petrosyan, of Burbank, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $370,607 in restitution. Authorities say Petrosyan and others conspired to bilk Medicare out of $1.7 million.
The scam, authorities said, worked this way: Authentic-looking clinics popped up in Sacramento, Richmond, and Carmichael, where patients, mostly elderly and non-English speaking, would be paid for their time and use of their Medicare eligibility. Patient files with false charts were sent to Southern California for doctors to sign them and then bill Medicare for procedures on patients that never happened.
Petrosyan recruited doctors and also managed the phony clinic in Richmond, authorities said. Besides Petrosyan, 10 others were charged in the case, including two doctors involved with the Richmond clinic. Lana Le Chabrier is serving a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence while Derrick Johnson, who has pleaded guilty, is awaiting sentencing.
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