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TWELVE INDIVIDUALS AND SEVEN CORPORATIONS CHARGED IN 44-COUNT, NATION-WIDE SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT WITH CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT HEALTH CARE FRAUD, HEALTH CARE FRAUD, AND CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MONEY LAUNDERING

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December 16, 2011

A federal grand jury today returned a 44-count superseding indictment against twelve (12) individuals and seven (7) corporations charging approximately $21,885,000 in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid billings, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten, along with David Welker, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Mike Fields, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; and Fred Duhy, Louisiana Department of Justice’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Specifically, ARAM KHLGATIAN, age 55, of Metairie, LA; DR. JACK VOIGHT, age 80, of Metairie, LA; ERNESTINE “TWEET” GIROD, age 46, of Marrero, LA; ARTEM GASPARYAN, age 46, of Metairie, LA; ANAHIT PETROSYAN, age 32, of Metairie, LA; DARIA LITVINOVA, age 24, of Kenner, LA; VADIM MYSAK, age 24, of Kenner, LA; DR. JERRY HASKIN, age 79, of New Orleans, LA; ANAHIT HOVHANNISYAN, age 32, most recently of Kenner, LA; DR. YELENA IVANOVA, age 56, of Kenner, LA; ANNA AIVAZOVA, age 43, of Sherman Oaks, CA; and JERAYR ROSTAMIAN, age 49, of Northridge, CA were each charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and numerous counts of health care fraud. HEALTH PLUS CONSULTING, INC., SATURN MEDICAL GROUP, NEW MILLENIUM MEDICAL GROUP, INC., METAIRIE HEALTH CENTER, INC., and HEALTH GUARD, INC., all Louisiana corporations; SOLO LUCKY CLAIMS PROCESSING, INC., and MED-TECH TECHNOLOGIES, INC., both California corporations were also charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and health care fraud. Additionally, MYSAK, ROSTAMIAN, and MED-TECH were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to the indictment, all of the defendants participated in a criminal organization for the purpose of fraudulently billing Medicare and Medicaid. It is alleged that recruiters were used to find patients to bring to the various medical clinics for medical tests that were not performed or not medically necessary. It is further alleged that the patients were moved between the various clinics in order to repeatedly perform the same unnecessary tests. According to the indictment, the doctors gave the patients prescriptions for drugs, usually narcotics, for their cooperation, and the recruiters were provided cash and prescription drugs for their services.

Thereafter, bills for the false or unnecessary services were submitted to Medicaid and Medicare by SOLO LUCKY, a medical claims processing and billing company owned by AIVAZOVA, that worked with all of the indicted New Orleans-area clinics. In return, AIVAZOVA was paid a fee for each amount billed.

Once Medicare and Medicaid paid the clinics, MYSAK and ROSTAMIAN, through his company, MED-TECH TECHNOLOGIES, INC., engaged in a series of financial transactions designed to disguise the fact that they had obtained the money unlawfully and hide the funds from Medicare and Medicaid. In particular, the indictment alleges that MYSAK regularly routinely purchased used medical equipment on behalf of the medical clinics from ROSTAMIAN and MED-TECH. The prices MYSAK and others paid ROSTAMIAN and MED-TECH for the used medical equipment was almost always significantly more than the value of the medical equipment. Often brand new medical equipment could have been purchased for much less than MYSAK and the medical clinics paid ROSTAMIAN and MED-TECH for the used equipment. MYSAK and others also paid exorbitant repair fees to ROSTAMIAN and MED-TECH to supposedly repair the already outdate equipment. For example, ROSTAMIAN, through MED-TECH, supposedly sold the exact same obsolete nerve conduction machine worth between $2,000 and $5,000 to different clinics multiple times and then charged the clinics over and over for repairs. In total, the clinics, through MYSAK, paid ROSTAMIAN and MED-TECH nearly $134,000 for the outdated machine that was worth less than $5,000. In total, the clinics, through MYSAK, paid ROSTAMIAN over $2,700,000 between January 2009 and April 2011.

Count 43 of the superseding indictment, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, carries a possible maximum sentence of five (5) years imprisonment. Count 44 of the superseding indictment, conspiracy to commit money laundering, carries a possible maximum sentence of twenty (20) years imprisonment. Each of the remaining forty-two (42) counts carries a possible maximum sentence of ten (10) years imprisonment. Each count also carries a maximum $250,000 fine and three (3) years supervised release for each individual defendant and a maximum $500,000 fine for each corporate defendant. If convicted, ARAM KHLGATIAN faces a possible maximum sentence of 80 years imprisonment and millions in fines; DR. JACK VOIGHT faces a possible maximum sentence of 110 years imprisonment and millions in fines; JERRY HASKIN, M.D. faces a possible maximum sentence of 235 years imprisonment and millions in fines; YELENA IVANOVA, M.D. faces a possible maximum sentence of 85 years imprisonment and millions in fines; ERNESTINETWEETGIROD, faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and $15 million in fines; ARTEM GASPARYAN faces a possible maximum sentence of 95 years imprisonment and millions in fines; DARIA LITVINOVA faces a possible maximum sentence of 45 years imprisonment and millions in fines; VADIM MYSAK faces a possible maximum sentence of 205 years imprisonment and millions in fines; ANAHIT PETROSYAN faces a possible maximum sentence of 145 years imprisonment and millions in fines; ANAHIT HOVHANNISYAN faces a possible maximum sentence of 85 years imprisonment and millions in fines; ANNA AIVAZOVA faces a possible maximum sentence of 345 years imprisonment and millions in fines; JERAYR ROSTAMIAN faces a possible maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment and millions in fines; Also, if convicted, the seven corporations each faces millions in fines.

U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The investigation was conducted by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; and the Louisiana Department of Justice, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorneys Patrice Harris Sullivan, G. Dall Kammer, and Jordan Ginsberg.

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