A Los Angeles chiropractor surrendered to authorities Thursday after being accused of submitting more than $350,000 worth of fraudulent insurance bills to Blue Cross of California and of sharing the proceeds with hundreds of employees at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Theodore R. Wyatt, whose office is at 7868 S. Western Ave., is accused of submitting hundreds of bills to the insurance company from 1978 to 1982 for the treatment of Cedars-Sinai workers. Most of these employees were not Wyatt's patients, but were paid to cooperate with the scheme, according to investigators.
Ronald E. Warthen, chief investigator for the state Department of Insurance's fraud bureau, said authorities learned of the alleged scheme after one of the participants "became somewhat disgruntled" over how the money was being split and notified police.
Made His Contacts
Warthen said Wyatt once worked at Cedars-Sinai in a non-professional capacity and "is likely to have made several of his contacts at the hospital at that time."