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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 14, 2010
GLENDALE — Fifteen people in Glendale and Burbank were arrested early Wednesday in connection with a major healthcare fraud scheme — most of who were accused of being associated with a crime enterprise that submitted more than $100 million in bogus claims to Medicare. Another four Glendale residents — Pogos Satamyan, 31, Andranik Satamyan, 20, Grisha Sayadyan, 59, and Allen Sayadyan, 30 — were arrested in addition to three other Van Nuys residents on suspicion of establishing at least eight fraudulent medical clinics in the Los Angeles region and submitting more than $17 million in fake claims to Medicare, according to federal indictments.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
A Glendale man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he attempted to defraud Medicare by submitting more than $11 million in bogus claims for unnecessary medical services. Karen Sarkissian, 43, and L' Tanya Smith, 57, of Ladera Park, were arrested Wednesday in connection with the scheme, which authorities said is also tied to money-laundering and tax-fraud operations, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Sarkissian reportedly operated Sunset Clinic in Echo Park and was working with Smith, who also pleaded not guilty.
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January 29, 2000
What is faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a steam locomotive? Well, if it isn't Superman, then it must be our congressman, U.S. Rep. James Rogan (R-Glendale) pretending to be the man of steel. But, instead of saving the world from the forces of evil, Super-Rogan is telling stories about saving America's senior citizens by improving Medicare. And, in telling the story, he hopes that he'll receive all the credit. Medicare is certainly an issue worth discussing.
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By Veronica Rocha | October 22, 2009
GLENDALE ? Two Glendale residents were indicted Wednesday on charges that they allegedly billed more than $1.4 million in false claims to Medicare through fraudulent medical supply companies, officials said. The U.S. Attorney?s Office in Los Angeles charged Edgar Srapyan, 26, and Mariya Bagdasaryan, 54, with conspiracy to commit health-care fraud for allegedly submitting false claims for power wheelchairs and accessories to Medicare from October 2007 to December 2008. Bagdasaryan was arrested Wednesday morning, but authorities are still looking for Srapyan, according to the U.S. Attorney?
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July 28, 2000
Many of our senators are like Sen. Dianne Feinstein. She talks about "maintaining fiscal discipline," but where is that discipline as senators continue to vote to raid Social Security? Why aren't they doing their job? She also talks about "finding ways to restrain costs and preserve Medicare." Did it occur to her that they need to find ways, just stop using Medicare premiums for government expenses other than Medicare! I'm sick and tired of listening to these greedy politicians talk about "preserving" and "saving" Social Security and Medicare while they don't hesitate to spend taxpayer funds.
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October 19, 2000
In the past few weeks, James Rogan has sent out mailers erroneously describing Adam Schiff's positions on Social Security and Medicare. As usual, Rogan has distorted the facts. There currently is no crisis in the Social Security system. The system is fully viable until 2037. In the past few years, the life of the system has been extended four years due to the addition of millions of new workers paying into the system. Gore's plan committing the entire Social Security surplus to protecting Social Security and paying down the national debt, using the billions of dollars in interest saved from debt reduction, will shore up the trust fund until at least to 2050.
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October 15, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale) has received a 100% voting-record rating from a national organization promoting a healthy and secure retirement through the Social Security and Medicare programs. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare rates legislators on how the vote related to the group's federal legislative priorities. Schiff's votes were aligned with the group's priorities on 13 issues, including Social Security, Medicare, prescription-drug coverage and the budget.
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July 25, 2000
As a senior citizen and a resident in the 21st state Senate District, I am dismayed that my senator, Adam Schiff, would align himself with Bill Clinton. Although both men claim to care about the needs of the seniors, the facts clearly show otherwise. Clinton's prescription drug plan, for example, would leave millions of seniors without coverage of any type, and in fact does nothing for the long-term solvency of Medicare. These problems are compounded by the fact that Medicare funding would be cut by $70 billion just to pay for prescriptions.
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September 27, 2000
It was a rip off: the meeting Sept. 7 at the Senior Center on Colorado. It was promoted as bipartisan, as a time for people to obtain information about Social Security and Medicare in order that decisions could be based on facts. There was nothing bipartisan about this meeting. Worse, it fed people fear. Not only was the meeting not a place that presented both sides, it attacked people in opposition to those at the speakers' table. To make matters worse, facts were distorted, or to use the word of the year "Spun."
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
A Glendale man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he attempted to defraud Medicare by submitting more than $11 million in bogus claims for unnecessary medical services. Karen Sarkissian, 43, and L' Tanya Smith, 57, of Ladera Park, were arrested Wednesday in connection with the scheme, which authorities said is also tied to money-laundering and tax-fraud operations, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Sarkissian reportedly operated Sunset Clinic in Echo Park and was working with Smith, who also pleaded not guilty.
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By Soumya Karlamangla, Los Angeles Times | March 20, 2014
Federal investigators say one of  Medicare 's most wanted fugitives, who was convicted in a $20-million fraud case, may be hiding out in the Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles Times reported . Authorities say Nuritsa Grigoryan fled last month after being found guilty for her role at a Glendale clinic where she was accused of posing as a doctor and writing prescriptions for pricey anti-psychotic medications. Investigators with the  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  say the clinic often recruited homeless patients, used their information to bill Medicare and Medi-Cal for the drugs, and then resold the medications, such as  Abilify , to rake in even more money.
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August 23, 2013
A Glendale man was sentenced late Thursday to serve two years in prison for operating a bogus medical clinic on the East Coast and defrauding Medicare. George Baginyan, 33, pleaded guilty last October to 10 counts of health care fraud and 10 counts of submitting fraudulent claims, which resulted in Medicare payments totaling $132,848, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was also ordered to repay Medicare and must serve three years of supervised release. Baginyan set up the phony clinic, called New Era Health Center Inc., in Philadelphia, where he stole an “elderly and frail” osteopathy doctor's identity to submit fake claims and bill Medicare for unnecessary medical procedures that were never done.
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March 20, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) re-introduced a bill on Tuesday to improve the nation's system for auditing Medicare in an effort to reduce soaring healthcare costs. The Medicare Audit Improvement Act, which Schiff introduced along with Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), would amend the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 to fix problems that have since arisen with the execution of the law. The bill, which was first introduced in October of last year, would attempt to lessen the administrative burden the audit process places on hospitals by putting a cap on the amount of document requests auditors can make.  Schiff said in a statement that the new bill would help strengthen the fiscal integrity of Medicare.
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February 20, 2013
Federal authorities say two of Medicare 's most-wanted fugitives may be hiding out in Glendale. Healthcare investigators say Karo Gotti Blkhoyan, 32, and Anush Sahakyan, 29, set up a phony medical clinic in South Carolina from 2009 to 2010 and billed for $1.3 million in false claims. Medicare paid out more than $300,000, the L.A. Times reported. The pair, indicted last year on charges including healthcare fraud and money laundering, used the stolen identities of Medicare patients in California and New York, officials said.
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October 22, 2012
In the months leading up to the passage of “Obamacare” in 2010, there was a flurry of pro-and-con Mailbag letters regarding Medicare Advantage, the private insurance-company-run plans with a Medicare contract. Well, in the first debate, President Obama claimed that the Affordable Health Care Act reduces Medicare “overpayments.” This would reportedly include some $180 billion otherwise slated to go to Medicare Advantage plans. Traditional Medicare does not, for example, cover routine dental procedures.
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August 3, 2012
As a dialysis facility administrator at Davita Glendale Dialysis, I care for 145 Glendale-area dialysis patients who are concerned about the future of their treatment, and, specifically, about potential changes to their Medicare coverage for dialysis. As a result of Congress' inability to reach an agreement on how to reduce our national deficit, my patients, the majority of whom have their dialysis care paid for by Medicare, are facing reductions in coverage for their life-sustaining treatment.
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By Adolfo Flores adolfo.flores@latimes.com | December 20, 2011
A San Marino pharmacy embroiled in an alleged $18-million Medicare fraud scheme that also involved a Glendale firm will close this week, an employee said. The Huntington Pharmacy will close Thursday, nearly two months after its operators were charged with participating in a scheme in which Medicare allegedly was bilked for $18 million in false pharmaceutical bills. Cindy Yung, a pharmacist at Huntington Pharmacy, said owner Phic Lim, 47, and his wife and business partner Theana Khou, 39, of Pasadena, decided to close the business last week.
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By Adolfo Flores, adolfo.flores@latimes.com | December 7, 2011
A couple who ran a San Marino pharmacy have pleaded not guilty to charges of participating in an $18-million Medicare fraud scheme with a Glendale medical firm. Phic Lim, 47, and his wife and business partner Theana Khou, 39, of Pasadena, were among 15 people arrested in October on suspicion of “prescription harvesting.” The scheme allegedly involved the couple's business, Huntington Pharmacy, and Manor Medical Imaging Clinic in Glendale. The couple, who entered their pleas in U.S. District Court on Nov. 28, have posted a combined $150,000 in bail.
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