2 convicted in $154M medical insurance fraud

AP News
Posted: Jan 31, 2014 1:10 PM

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California doctor and an attorney face prison terms for participating in a $154 million medical fraud scheme in which hundreds of healthy patients underwent unnecessary surgeries to fraudulently bill insurance companies.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1ddTE3c ) 66-year-old Mario Rosenberg and 65-year-old Roy Chester Dickson became the last of 19 people connected to Unity Surgical Outpatient Center in Buena Park to be convicted in the elaborate scam.

Rosenberg, a doctor, pleaded no contest Thursday to felony insurance fraud. He faces 10 years in prison. Dickson, an attorney, pleaded guilty money laundering and grand theft. He faces 14 years.

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Prosecutors say Rosenberg was one of three doctors accused of performing more than 1,000 unnecessary surgeries.


Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com