Ashot Mamikonyan and Lorraine Watson, the final two of nine defendants charged in an extensive fraud scheme involving All Care One Community Health Center in Huntington Park have been arraigned.
All Care One Community Health Center was located at 7300 Santa Fe Avenue in Huntington Park, California. Its NPI number is 1467752626.
In July, charges were filed against the defendants, all of whom worked for, owned, or were officers at All Care One. The group is alleged to have committed fraud amounting to over $2.5 million from California’s Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (FPACT) program from 2014 to 2016.
From 2014 to 2016, All Care One was paid more than $5 million for FPACT claims. It is estimated that more than half of the $5 million was the result of fraudulent claims.
The alleged scheme involved sending staff to low income areas in Los Angeles to solicit people to provide their patient identifying information and a urine sample in exchange for a kickback. The personal information and urine were brought back to All Care One where medical assistants were instructed to falsify charts for these individuals, and then doctors, nurse practitioners, and midwives signed off on the charts as though they provided medical services related to family planning or sexually transmitted diseases.
All Care One marketers also allegedly offered kickbacks to lure individuals into the clinic for treatment, and many of these patients were treated by an unlicensed doctor.
In addition to Mamikonyan and Watson, felony charges have also been filed against seven other individuals involved in the scheme: Gevork George Ter-Mkrtchyan, Syuzan Harutyunyan, Karim A. Soliman, Guadalupe Morena Moreno, Jessica Villa, Maria D. Vasquez, and Anna Marie Soto. This group includes All Care One’s former owner, officers and employees.
Additionally, Mamikonyan was charged with the unlicensed practice of medicine, Harutyunyan was charged with aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine, and Moreno was charged with paying and receiving kickbacks.