An agent for a medical diagnostic firm was named in a 13-count indictment in Los Angeles Wednesday charging her with conspiracy in a multimillion-dollar medical insurance kickback scheme that preyed on the elderly.
Catherine Brouwers, 28, of Huntington Beach was ordered to appear for arraignment today in federal court on the charges, Assistant U.S. Atty. Brian Hennigan said.
He said other indictments may follow in the alleged scheme that began in November, 1984, and ended recently.
The indictment accused Brouwers, marketer and promoter for American Medical Diagnostics, of offering and paying kickbacks to four chiropractors and two owners of a health club for referring patients to her firm for medical tests.
The kickbacks involved millions of dollars and involved thousands of elderly patients covered by Medicare, Blue Shield, Transamerica Occidental Life and other private insurance companies, the indictment says.