The feds arrested ilit Gagikovna Baltaian, 58 on criminal health care fraud charges arising from her false home health certifications and related fraudulent billings to Medicare. Baltaian, allegedly operated medical clinics in Tujunga and Reseda. From January 2012 to July 2018, Baltaian falsely certified patients to receive home health care from at least four Los Angeles area home health agencies. Baltaian’s false certifications were used by the home health agencies to fraudulently bill Medicare for the unnecessary home health care. Baltaian received a cash benefit related to these referrals and also submitted claims to Medicare for signing the fraudulent certifications and for patient visits and injections that were not needed and/or provided. Between January 2012 and July 2018, four home health agencies used Baltaian’s false certifications to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare, resulting in about $6,029,674 paid on those claims.
Baltaian is charged with four counts of health care fraud. If convicted, Baltaian faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on each count.
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