Armenian national sentenced for health care fraud in Ga.

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A 30-year-old Armenian national was sentenced Friday to more than three years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare through phony medical businesses in Savannah, Ga.

Khoren Gasparian, who at the time of these offenses was in the United States on an expired Visa from Armenia, previously pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to defraud Medicare. According to the evidence presented at his guilty plea and sentencing hearings:

From 2008 through 2010, Gasparian and others opened medical equipment companies in Savannah known as Healthy Family, SOJ Group and Savana Medical. Once opened, Gasparian and his cohorts stole the identities of hundreds of Medicare beneficiaries; stole the identities of dozens of doctors; and, used this stolen information to submit hundreds of thousands of dollars in phony claims to Medicare for health care services that were never provided.

Gasparian and others used the stolen identities of doctors and patients from multiple different states, including Alaska, California, New York and Ohio, and even submitted claims for people that were dead at the time they were alleged to have been provided medical equipment. Gasparian was also connected with at least two other phony health care businesses located in California and New Mexico. He was responsible for about $1 million worth of fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare.

In addition to being sentenced to prison, Gasparian was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $182,735 and to serve three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal system. At the time of his guilty plea in Georgia, Gasparian was serving a prison sentence based on his guilty plea to a health care fraud offense in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.

After Gasparian finishes serving his prison sentences, he will face immigration proceedings that will likely result in his deportation to Armenia.

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