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March 17, 1993 | SUSAN MOFFAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprising turn in what prosecutors charged is the largest medical insurance fraud in history, entrepreneur Michael Smushkevich pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine federal counts of mail fraud, money laundering and other crimes, admitting to bilking companies of at least $80 million. Smushkevich had been protesting his innocence since his indictment in 1991 on more than 150 fraud and racketeering counts.
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March 17, 1993 | SUSAN MOFFAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprising turn in what prosecutors charged is the largest medical insurance fraud in history, entrepreneur Michael Smushkevich pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine federal counts of mail fraud, money laundering and other crimes, admitting to bilking companies of at least $80 million. Smushkevich had been protesting his innocence since his indictment in 1991 on more than 150 fraud and racketeering counts.
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BUSINESS
February 17, 1990 | LINDA WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aetna Life Insurance Co. says the $18 million that a federal judge awarded to it and two other health insurance carriers on Thursday was the largest health-care fraud judgment ever secured under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). But Aetna acknowledged that the hard part will be getting its hands on the money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1993 | SUSAN MOFFAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When he was arrested at a Rosemead restaurant, Michael Smushkevich, alias Mikhailious Smouchkevitchous, alias Jacobo Martinez Greenberg, alias Ivan Pavlov Sanchez, was wearing two gold medallions on three gold chains and a diamond-studded watch.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1990 | LINDA DARNELL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since 1988, a computer at Blue Shield of California has been spitting out suspicious health-insurance claims for referral to its special investigations department. Interestingly, many of the claims--more than $2.6 million worth so far this year--are simply repackaged versions of bills that the company had already rejected months or years earlier on suspicion of fraud.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1993 | SUSAN MOFFAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When he was arrested at a Rosemead restaurant, Michael Smushkevich, alias Mikhailious Smouchkevitchous, alias Jacobo Martinez Greenberg, alias Ivan Pavlov Sanchez, was wearing two gold medallions on three gold chains and a diamond-studded watch.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1991 | SUSAN MOFFAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defendants in a billion-dollar health insurance fraud scheme not only defrauded taxpayers and insurance companies but ran a sophisticated money-laundering and racketeering operation comparable to a major drug cartel, authorities charged Monday. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles unsealed an indictment charging seven new defendants in the fraud case, bringing the total number to 12 and expanding charges to include 175 counts of mail fraud, money laundering, racketeering and other offenses.
NEWS
February 8, 1987
Three men accused of soliciting and receiving about $50,000 in kickbacks for referring Medicare work to a particular medical laboratory were convicted on multiple counts in Los Angeles federal court. The defendants, David Smushkevich, 36, of Encino; Yan Kats, 39, of Beverly Hills, and Robert Keith Sheppard, 48, of Palos Verdes Estates, face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1995
A Soviet-trained doctor who, with his brother, ran what is believed to be the largest health care scam in U.S. history, was sentenced to 41 months in prison, it was announced Thursday. David Smushkevich, who was not licensed to practice medicine in this country, pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud in February, 1993. The naturalized U.S. citizen, who was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1993
A Palos Verdes doctor faces more than 150 years in federal prison after his conviction on racketeering and fraud charges, a prosecutor said Friday. Dr. William O. Kupferschmidt, 51, was found guilty of complicity in a massive medical insurance fraud orchestrated by brothers David and Michael Smushkevich, prosecutor Lee Michaelson said. The Smushkevich brothers, who are Soviet nationals, and seven other defendants pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this year.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1991 | SUSAN MOFFAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defendants in a billion-dollar health insurance fraud scheme not only defrauded taxpayers and insurance companies but ran a sophisticated money-laundering and racketeering operation comparable to a major drug cartel, authorities charged Monday. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles unsealed an indictment charging seven new defendants in the fraud case, bringing the total number to 12 and expanding charges to include 175 counts of mail fraud, money laundering, racketeering and other offenses.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1990 | LINDA DARNELL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since 1988, a computer at Blue Shield of California has been spitting out suspicious health-insurance claims for referral to its special investigations department. Interestingly, many of the claims--more than $2.6 million worth so far this year--are simply repackaged versions of bills that the company had already rejected months or years earlier on suspicion of fraud.
BUSINESS
February 17, 1990 | LINDA WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aetna Life Insurance Co. says the $18 million that a federal judge awarded to it and two other health insurance carriers on Thursday was the largest health-care fraud judgment ever secured under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). But Aetna acknowledged that the hard part will be getting its hands on the money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1986
Two San Fernando Valley men and one from Beverly Hills have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they received more than $15,000 in kickbacks on Medicare laboratory tests. Indicted Wednesday were David Smushkevich, 36, of Encino; Lazar Berkovich, 36, of Studio City and Yan Kats, 39, of Beverly Hills, operators of the AAPA Family Health Clinic in Rialto.
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