Everyone across the country has been infatuated with the state of healthcare since the Supreme Court agreed to hear National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (also known as the Obamacare case). However, this week an Orange County hospital chain took center stage.
|Hospital (Photo credit: José Goulão)
Pacific Health Corp., an Orange County-based hospital chain agreed to pay $16.5 million to the government. The settlement came after the hospital chain was accused of conspiring to defraud government insurers Medicare and Medi-Cal. The hospital-chain recently admitted that between 2003-2008 it recruited homeless people from Skid Row in Los Angeles to undergo uncalled for medical treatment that was later billed to the government. Pacific Health paid more than $2.3 million to recruiters who sent the homeless men and woman to the hospitals.
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