A Sylmar chiropractor who ranked as the second-highest Medicare biller in California for chiropractic services pled guilty last week to healthcare fraud.
As owner of Sylmar Physician Medical Group Inc., Houshang Pavehzadeh, also known as Danny Paveh, submitted more than $1.7 million in Medicare bills for patients he never treated. The fraud lasted between 2005 and 2012, and Medicare paid out more than $1 million of the bogus claims.
As part of the guilty plea, Pavehzadeh admitted that he tried to conceal the fraud by staging a car-jacking outside his office and then falsely telling police that his patient files had been stolen.
“Those persons who seek to bilk the Medicare program impact both our health-care delivery system and the American consumer,” U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. said in a statement. “Here the defendant not only tried to bilk the system to the tune of more than $1.7 million, he also had the audacity to try and conceal his criminal activity by filing a bogus police report with the LAPD.”
Pavehzadeh faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for January.