U.S. Prosecutors: Unlicensed worker did surgeries in fraud scam [by Lebanon native]

Article CAIRCO note: 
Dr. Munir Uwaydah is Lebanon native-and fled back there in 2010
Article author: 
Brian Melley
Article publisher: 
OC Register
Article date: 
26 September 2015
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

A physician assistant who wasn’t licensed or trained to perform surgery operated on hundreds of patients while the orthopedic surgeon who billed for the procedures schemed with colleagues to hide a massive insurance fraud conspiracy, Los Angeles prosecutors said. Prosecutors opposed reducing bail Friday for 13 people who have pleaded not guilty in the $150 million fraud scheme ...

Dr. Munir Uwaydah and his associates prescribed unnecessary expensive medications, billed two-minute doctor’s appointments as hourlong examinations, and doctored MRI results and medical records to justify unnecessary operations.

Fifteen people have been indicted in the scheme that paid marketers and workers’ compensation lawyers up to $10,000 a month in kickbacks to funnel patients to Uwaydah’s clinic. They got bonuses if the patients were candidates for surgery and additional cash if they received operations ....

Prosecutors said Uwaydah fled to his native Lebanon in 2010 ...