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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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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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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Fraudster Convicted, But Others Avoid Restitution

Federal prosecutors secured a conviction against radiologist Ronald Grusd and his companies California Imaging Network Medical Group and Willows Consulting in a $25 million workers’ comp fraud scheme that paid kickbacks for referrals. Grusd has tens of thousands of workers’ comp liens that are currently stayed under state law and with the conviction can now … 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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