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NEWS
November 29, 1999 | VIRGINIA ELLIS and JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A giant rip-off of the California Medi-Cal system, centered in Armenian immigrant neighborhoods of Los Angeles, may total more than $1 billion when it is finally unraveled, making it one of the largest frauds against a state in American history, federal investigators report. FBI and California officials, in a task force set up by Gov.
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BUSINESS
August 12, 1999 | DAVAN MAHARAJ and RYAN CORMIER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a major blow to prosecutors and state insurance officials, a jury Wednesday acquitted four men who were accused of running California's biggest workers' compensation fraud mill. Among those found not guilty were James W. Eisenberg, a 58-year-old Santa Monica doctor who headed a medical chain called Amerimed Medical Corp., and Michael J. Lightman, 49, of Rancho Palos Verdes, who ran a network of legal, marketing and bill-collection businesses.
NEWS
June 30, 1999 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a bitter marital dispute with a child involved. Each spouse threatened to turn the other in to authorities. Finally, one did, leading both to confess, and the scam unraveled. That was the break that led to the arrest Tuesday of 28 alleged members of an auto collision insurance fraud ring in the first phase of a major state anti-fraud operation that Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush called the biggest in his department's history. Seventeen of those accused are still at large.
BUSINESS
March 31, 1999 | Jeff Leeds
A federal grand jury issued a new indictment against a Beverly Hills doctor accused of defrauding his insurers by engineering the theft of two fine artworks from his home. Court documents show the grand jury charged Steven G. Cooperman with two counts of making false statements to a financial institution and one count of subscribing to a false tax return.
BUSINESS
January 21, 1999 | Jeff Leeds
A former federal prosecutor has been charged in a case that underscores the potential for fraud in the complex world of fine art insurance. James P. Tierney, who worked as a federal prosecutor in New York and Los Angeles before entering private practice, aided one of his clients in a conspiracy to fake the theft of works by Picasso and Monet and defraud two insurance companies, according to a document federal prosecutors filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1997
Citing an increase in staged auto accidents around the state, Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush announced legislation Thursday that would make staging crashes for fraudulent insurance claims a serious felony subject to the three-strikes law. Quackenbush announced the legislation in Bell near the site of a fiery crash in February that killed a family of three. The measure, authored by Sen.
BUSINESS
August 21, 1996 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At least 13 people were arrested Tuesday during raids on medical and legal clinics in Southern and Northern California as part of a statewide crackdown on auto and health insurance fraud, which costs consumers hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Dubbing Los Angeles "the auto insurance fraud capital of the world," federal, state and local officials said the two alleged fraud rings broken up in the raids operated by contriving automobile accidents.
BUSINESS
September 29, 1995 | DOUG SMITH and THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal prosecutors announced a statewide auto insurance fraud crackdown Thursday, charging key figures in an alleged multimillion-dollar kickback scheme involving several legal offices and more than 100 chiropractors, about half of them in Los Angeles. Following a nine-month investigation, the U.S.
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