Tuesday, May 24, 2022

All Work, No Comp 

A Glendale, Calif., man was sentenced to five years in federal prison and ordered to pay a massive restitution fee for his involvement in a $250 million scam that defrauded the California Workers’ Compensation System. Sam Sarkis Solakyan, 40, who was the CEO of...

‘Til Fraud Do Us Part 

A San Fernando Valley, California man, his wife, and his brother have been sentenced to two years in federal prison for running an elaborate COVID-19 fraud scheme. Richard Ayvazyan, 43; Marietta Terabelian, 37 (Richard’s wife); and Artur Ayvazyan, 41 (Richard’s brother); schemed to fraudulently obtain more than $20 million in Paycheck Protection...

1-800-GET-THIN 

A West Hollywood, California man has been found guilty of multiple charges involving a healthcare fraud scheme. Julian Omidi, 53, and his Beverly Hills-based company, Surgery Center Management LLC (SCM), carried out an elaborate scheme defrauding insurance companies including Tricare, Anthem Blue Cross, UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, and...

VULNERABILITY ALERT: New Disability Fraud Trend

Announcing VULNERABILITY ALERTS This is the first of our Fraud of the Day “Vulnerability Alerts,” bringing new trends in government fraud to our subscribers. According to the state of California Employment Development Department (EDD), which oversees claims for both unemployment and disability benefits, there has been...

Fraudster And Friends

Two San Diego residents have been sentenced for their role in a scheme to use prison inmates’ personal information to fraudulently obtain unemployment benefits. Ryan Kubista and Maereichelle Marquez, both pleaded guilty to felony charges for making false statements on an unemployment application. (This...

Building a Case Against Construction Fraud

California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) was created to provide fairly-priced workers’ compensation insurance for entrepreneurs, make the workplace safe, and restore injured workers. (Today’s fraudsters must have thought the agency’s mission was solely to increase the size of their bank accounts.) Brother and...

Fraudsters R Us

There are insurance policies for just about everything. There’s no doubt that policies covering long-term disability, life, health, homeowner’s and automobile insurance are necessary. But Melissa Alvarez Torres and Jose Luis Olmos Hernandez, both of Chula Vista, Calif., sold bogus insurance to pregnant women...

CEO of Fraud and Forgery

The CEO of a Long Beach, Calif., substance abuse treatment program has been sentenced after pleading guilty to participating in a healthcare insurance fraud scheme in which he exploited at-risk youths. (Isn’t that just like a fraudster?) Richard Mark Ciampa, 67, of Commerce, admitted to...

Kickback and Relax in Prison

Akop Atoyan, 48, of California has pleaded guilty to two counts of healthcare fraud. Atoyan and his wife, Liana Karapetyan, owned ANG Health Care Inc., Excel Home Healthcare Inc., and Excel Hospice Inc. As owners of these Sacramento-based home healthcare and hospice agencies, the husband-and-wife...

A New Tesla but Still No Getaway Car

Lebnitz Tran, 40, of San Jose, Calif., has been charged for plotting to fraudulently submit loan applications through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). He was hoping he could receive millions of dollars in Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) relief funds. (Well, his hopes were...
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