MRI Provider Convicted On All 12 Counts In Kickback Scheme

A federal jury says Sam Sarkis Solakyan is guilty of engaging in an illegal kickback scheme that paid out nearly $9 million for referrals of workers’ comp claimants to his chain of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) centers. The scheme allegedly racked up over $284 million in illegal charges to carriers. The eight-day trial ended with … Read More »

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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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Kickback Scheme Conviction Upheld

A California jury convicted Gonzalo Ernest Paredes on 51 counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud for his role in a kickback scheme that bilked employers out of $22 million. He appealed. Now, a state appellate court holds the conviction stands. Paredes, the former office manager for and willing partner of Dr. Ronald Grusd, appealed on … 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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Fraudsters In $200M Scheme Sentenced

Convicted workers’ comp providers, cappers, attorneys and others associated with a wide-ranging workers’ comp kickback scheme are going to jail.  Federal courts have handed down prison sentences of up to five years and ordered millions in penalties. The cases, along with an earlier conviction and 10-year sentence for a radiologist, are part of the Fed’s … Read More »

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New Medical Fraud Ring Charged In The OC

Prosecutors filed charges against the owners and operators of the Center for Better Health, AKA the Southland Spine and Rehabilitation Medical Center, in Costa Mesa and Riverside for allegedly submitting nearly $3 million in fraudulent workers’ comp bills. The scheme allegedly has links to capping operations run through Grupo Medlegal LA/Medlegal Network Inc, as well … Read More »

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Sentencing Another Workers’ Comp Fraudster

Prosecutors in San Diego County will be back in court next month for sentencing following the successful prosecution of Gonzalo Paredes on 51 felony counts of paying kickbacks for patient referrals and fraudulently billing workers’ comp carriers. Paredes was the office manager for and willing partner with Dr. Ronald Grusd in a $22 million scheme. … Read More »

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Top Workers’ Comp Stories of 2018

Every year the first issue of the Workers’ Comp Executive includes a “Top Stories” item covering the hottest topics from the past year. Some years, the top stories might be driven by Legislative changes or new interpretations of existing law by the courts or the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Others it might be the market … Read More »

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