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July 15, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ
A 49-year-old doctor suspected of defrauding a medical insurance company in Minnesota of more than $40,000 was arrested at his practice by FBI agents, officials said Thursday. Nagesh Shetty of Huntington Beach was released on his own recognizance Wednesday after appearing before a U.S. magistrate in Santa Ana. He faces 28 counts of mail fraud, FBI spokesman Gary Morley said. Shetty was arrested Tuesday at Harbor Newport Medical Center in Costa Mesa.
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December 16, 1994 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner and two doctors at a Westminster cosmetic surgery clinic, once popular with the Southeast Asian immigrant community, were found guilty Wednesday of insurance fraud and grand theft. A Superior Court jury found that Elizabeth Cam Thach Thi Le, the owner and office manager of Cam Thach Clinic, and plastic surgeons Alexander S. Sinclair and David Page conspired to overbill patients and defraud insurance companies by claiming cosmetic surgeries were for medical purposes.
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August 12, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal agents arrested a Huntington Beach businessman suspected of falsely reporting that two of his luxury cars were stolen and conspiring with an Oregon man to defraud an insurance company of more than $43,000, authorities said Wednesday. FBI agents and police arrested Merle E. Cade, 56, on Tuesday at the Hoosier Shell Service and Towing station he operates at Golden West Street and Warner Avenue.
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June 16, 1993
The Orange County Grand Jury has indicted a Santa Ana chiropractor and his nephew on charges of filing false insurance and medical claims in exchange for payments, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Chiropractor Emilio Abitia, owner of the Santa Ana Professional Health Center, allegedly falsified documents stating that clients were disabled, allowing them to collect state disability insurance benefits for nonexistent injuries, officials charged.
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December 4, 1999 | DANIEL YI and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A man charged with murdering his wife off the coast two years ago hit her with a dumbbell and weighed her body down before throwing her in the ocean, according to a police report unsealed Friday. The report is the most detailed view yet in the case of Eric Christopher Bechler, 32, who pleaded not guilty Friday to killing his wife, Pegye, a triathlete, during an anniversary cruise off Newport Bay. Orange County Superior Court Judge Craig E.
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March 22, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER
An Orange County Sheriff's deputy has been charged with workers' compensation fraud following an internal investigation into his back injury claims, according to county prosecutors. Deputy Jeffrey David Hollenbeck, 33, has pleaded innocent to three counts of making false or misleading statements in order to receive workers' compensation insurance benefits. Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Ron Wilkerson said he could not comment on the case because it involves a confidential personnel matter.
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June 30, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN
A Superior Court judge sentenced a cosmetologist and two doctors at a Westminster plastic surgery clinic Thursday to one year each in County Jail for insurance fraud and grand theft. Elizabeth Cam Thach Thi Le, the owner of Cam Thach Clinic, and plastic surgeons Alexander S. Sinclair and David Page were found guilty last December of conspiring to overbill patients and defrauding insurance companies by claiming cosmetic surgeries were for medical purposes.
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July 25, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County attorney and his office manager were each sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison for running a car insurance fraud scheme, after a judge called the case against them "overwhelming." Thomas F. Mullen, 45, a personal injury lawyer from Costa Mesa, was convicted in May of nine counts of auto insurance fraud, marking the county's first prosecution of a lawyer for such an offense.
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January 21, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Garden Grove physician Friday was convicted of insurance fraud for writing up phony diagnoses and billing insurance companies for bogus services, the district attorney said. Danh Cong Truong, who owned and operated the Brookhurst Medical Clinic in the 14400 block of Brookhurst, was also convicted by an Orange County Superior Court jury of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, according to prosecutors.
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November 3, 1998 | Times Wire Services
Eight people, including three Orange County residents, were accused of trying to defraud insurance companies by staging a car accident in a Montebello parking lot, Insurance Department Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush said Monday. The group tried to construct a "paper accident," according to investigators with the Department of Insurance, which said the charges culminated a yearlong investigation.
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