November 2, 1995 |
A neurosurgeon who founded one of the biggest and most controversial workers' compensation medical enterprises in Southern California during the early 1990s has been charged in what authorities are calling a $4.2-million tax-fraud and money-laundering conspiracy. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Wednesday that it filed five felony counts against David G. Gardner, the Los Angeles doctor who founded the chain of workers' compensation clinics known as Primedex Corp.
December 3, 1992 |
Government investigators served search warrants on more than 40 medical offices in Southern California as part of a probe focusing on a widely advertised workers' compensation referral service called the Injury Hotline, authorities said Wednesday. The operation was touted as part of a major investigation by agencies including the Los Angeles district attorney's office, the California Department of Insurance and the FBI into suspected fraud in the state's $12-billion workers' compensation system.
April 25, 1993 |
Turn on daytime television, and it's seemingly impossible to miss the commercials. A helicopter newsman bursts onto the screen, "reporting" for something called "Injury Central." Soon a worker appears, writhing in pain after tumbling to the pavement while unloading a truck. And then comes the pitch: Call Injury Central toll-free to get "all the medical and monetary benefits available through your employer's insurance. This means no cost to you. You owe it to yourself and those who count on you."
June 26, 1999 |
A neurosurgeon has been ordered to pay $250,000 in fines and sentenced to five years' probation after his conviction in Los Angeles County Superior Court on three money-laundering charges. The doctor, David Gardner of Calabasas, still awaits trial on securities and insurance fraud charges.
September 21, 1993 |
One of Southern California's largest operators of clinics for injured workers has sued several insurance companies, charging that delays in paying claims has nearly ruined its business. In a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court late Friday, Irvine-based Tricare Inc., which operates Veritas Medical Group Inc. among other clinics, said insurers have raised numerous objections to medical evaluations and delayed payments for up to 400 days.
July 30, 1993 |
Primedex Corp., one of the biggest and most controversial workers' compensation medical enterprises in Southern California, announced Thursday that it is pulling out of the business of treating injured employees. The Culver City-based firm--whose referral and billing practices are under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office--said it will lay off 225 of its 300 employees.