LA Pinoy doctor pleads guilty to health insurance scam

By Balitang America Staff

Dec. 23, 2013

The FBI has announced that Filipino Doctor Ovid Mercene, 61, has pled guilty in a health insurance scam that included recruiting homeless people from Los Angeles’ Skid Row district.

Under the alleged scheme from 2008 through 2012, Mercene would refer homeless patients to a “care consortium” that would bill taxpayer funded public health programs MediCal and MediCare for unnecessary expenses.

Mercene pled guilty to federal tax charges and admitted that he participated in the scheme.

He allegedly made $700,000 in kickbacks that he did not report on his tax returns.

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