Largest Medicare Scam Ever Busted, Dozens Arrested
October 14, 2010
Setting up phantom clinics all over the country, the gangs attached them to rented mailboxes and made medicals claims. In reality, they were being thought up in a small office above an auto repair shop.They included such ridiculous things as a OBGYN charging for allergy tests, and pathologists doing in-clinic visits with “patients”, the NY Post reports.
Of the 73 arrested for a huge number of charges, both related and unrelated to the scam, the biggest bust was of Armen Kazarian. The Armenian crime boss is the first “vor” (top leader of the syndicate) to be arrested for racketeering in the U.S.
The other charges against the many defendants are threatening extortion victims with death or injury, hiring strippers to make false car insurance claims and money laundering.