Seven defendants were scheduled to be in Riverside County Superior Court recently after being indicted by a grand jury in a case involving insurance fraud in which $98 million was fraudulently billed.
The two separate, but related grand jury indictments are the result of a joint investigation by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and the California Department of Insurance. The indictments were issued after evidence was presented to the Riverside County grand jury over a six-week period ending in mid-May.
The two indictments allege that 18 insurance companies were defrauded in this scheme in which $98 million was fraudulently billed, resulting in $12.4 million being paid by the insurance companies.
The charges stem from the operation of a workers compensation medical mill, spearheaded by chiropractor Peyman Heidary, and involving other medical providers, which corrupted the workers comp system to defraud insurance companies out of millions of dollars.
The first indictment, case RIF1670175, charges chiropractor Peyman Heidary, DOB: 8-30-70, of Riverside; attorney Cary Abramowitz, DOB: 10-20-56, of Los Angeles; and also Ana Solis, DOB: 4-24-82, of Rancho Cucamonga; and Gladys Ross, DOB: 7-17-62, of Simi Valley, with 69 felony counts which include conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, making a false insurance claim, making a false statement for the purpose of obtaining workers comp benefits, money laundering, practicing medicine without a license, and capping. There also is one misdemeanor count of unlicensed practice of law.
The second indictment, case RIF1670176, charges chiropractor Touba Pakdel-Nabati, DOB: 8-3-78, of Costa Mesa; and doctors Quynam Nguyen, DOB: 6-11-58, of Orange; and Jason Yang, DOB: 2-24-66, of Pasadena, with 38 felony counts which include conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, making a false insurance claim, making a false statement for the purpose of obtaining workers comp benefits, and capping.
Both indictments also allege multiple excessive takings enhancements and an aggravated white collar crime enhancement.
If convicted as currently charged, Heidary faces a potential maximum sentence of 97 years and 4 months in state prison; and Pakdel-Nabati, Nguyen, Yang, Abramowitz, Solis, and Ross each face a potential maximum sentence of 63 years and 4 months in state prison.
Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: email@example.com.
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