Trial Starting In MRI Provider’s Kickback Case

Federal prosecutors were scheduled to start making their case yesterday that Sam Sarkis Solakyan engaged in a major kickback scheme to direct referrals of workers’ comp claimants to his chain of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) centers in exchange for cash payments. The scheme is alleged to have racked up $284 million in charges related to … Read More »

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MRI Provider Charged with Bribery

United States Attorneys are due in court early next month to prosecute a 12-count workers’ comp fraud indictment. It is against Sam Solakyan for his alleged role in a major kickback scheme. Solakyan ran an MRI network under the names Vital Imaging and San Diego MRI Institute. Solakyan is seeking a dismissal. He is claiming … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp’s Fraud Fighters

California is making progress in its on-going battle against workers’ comp fraud. Prosecutors secured a 10-year sentence for one provider convicted of gaming the system out of millions of dollars through an elaborate kickback scheme, while revealing charges against three others for allegedly participating in the Pacific Hospital spinal surgery kickback ring. U.S. District Court … Read More »

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Top Lien Filers Include Company Under Indictment

California’s workers’ comp system is quickly developing a lien problem again as the number of liens being filed nearly doubled last year. The total edged to near pre-reform levels at just over 400,000 liens statewide. The irony is palatable in Oakland. Newly available data indicates that the high rate of filings is driven by a … Read More »

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New State, Federal Indictments In Alleged Kickback Scheme

Five medical providers, administrators and middlemen previously charged in a federal case with running an alleged kickback and capping scheme to defraud workers’ comp carriers are facing new charges in state court along with eight other individuals. Federal authorities also filed charges against three new defendants in the on-going investigation and revealed that a chiropractor … Read More »

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Fraud Scheme Busted, More Arrests To Come

Federal prosecutors unsealed three grand jury indictments in an alleged $25 million workers’ comp fraud scheme to pay chiropractors for patient referrals for durable medical equipment, MRIs, X-Rays and specialized services like shockwave therapy. Prosecutors say this was just the “first wave” of arrests in a widespread bribery and kickback scheme and that additional arrests … Read More »

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