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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Convicted Pacific Hospital Owner Pardoned

President Donald J. Trump granted a full pardon to Dr. Faustino Bernadett, who was facing a 15-month prison sentence for failing to expose the illegal kickback scheme at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach. Bernadett owned the hospital for five years, during the time Michael Drobot ran the scam that generated nearly $1 billion in fraudulent … Read More »

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$18M In Workers’ Comp Liens Dismissed

A chiropractor convicted as part of a major kickback scheme is being forced to give up over $18 million in workers’ comp liens connected to 944 cases. There is no question this is made possible because of the workers’ comp reforms championed by Christine Baker when she was Director of the Department of Industrial Relations. … Read More »

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Santa Clara Busts Another Voc Rehab Provider In Alleged Kickback Scheme

The Santa Clara District Attorney filed workers’ comp fraud charges against the owner of a vocational training school for allegedly taking $650,000 in Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) payments, but never providing the training. The case is linked to another criminal case against a vocational training school filed earlier this year as both schools had … 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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No Restitution In Spinal Kickback Case

A federal judge in the Michael Drobot spinal surgery kickback case is refusing to order any of the seven defendants to pay restitution. The Judge says the workers’ comp carriers and the federal government failed to follow her directions for calculating and proving the amount of restitution potentially owed. It was AIG, State Compensation Insurance … Read More »

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