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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Third Appellate District Discusses Individual’s Fraud, Breach of Duty Suit against Medical Examiner

In Alexander A. de los Reyes v. Kevin F. Hanley, the Third Appellate District discussed an individual’s claim that a qualified medical examiner filed a false medical report in connection with the individual’s application for workers’ compensation benefits. Background. The plaintiff alleged that, acting as a “qualified medical examiner,” the defendant prepared a report that … Read More »

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East Predicts No PD Increase

ANAHEIM — “The planned regulatory increase in permanent disability [benefits] will not happen in July,” said Tim East, director of risk management for The Walt Disney Company, speaking to a group of self-insured employers last week at the California Self-Insurers Association’s 82nd annual meeting and educational conference. “Too much water has passed under the bridge. … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Industry: Radiologists Twisting Fraud Bill’s Intent

Employers and carriers are up in arms over what they call a blatant attempt by some radiologists to twist the meaning of a new anti-fraud bill. They charge radiologists with trying to turn it into a weapon against networks that hold down costs for California’s workers’ comp system. But providers say the legislation created real … Read More »

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