Earlier this month three people, Ovsanna Agopian (aka Joanna Ovsanna / Joanna Smbatyan / Ovsanna Agopian), Boghos Babadjanian and Tolulope Labeodan, were charged in a federal indictment with various offenses related to their involvement in the operation of Euless Healthcare Corporation.
The 10-count indictment charges each defendant with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and nine substantive counts of health care fraud.
According to the indictment, Agopian was the principal operator of Euless Healthcare Corporation (EHC). Babadjanian was the owner of EHC and Labeodan was an employee of EHC. The indictment alleges that the three defendants ran a conspiracy to defraud Medicare by submitting claims for office visits and diagnostic tests that were never performed.
The indictment further alleges that Agopian recruited doctors to work for EHC by telling them that they would treat beneficiaries in the beneficiaries’ homes.
However, the doctors that Agopian recruited never saw beneficiaries at the EHC clinic or beneficiaries’ homes. Agopian directed Labeodan, who is not a medical professional and does not have a Medicare provider number, to take beneficiary files from the EHC clinic and purportedly see beneficiaries. However, many beneficiaries, in whose names EHC submitted claims for reimbursement, have never heard of EHC or any of the doctors Agopian recruited. EHC used those doctors’ Medicare provider numbers to bill Medicare for office visits and diagnostic tests. The Medicare reimbursement checks were deposited into Babadjanian’s bank account.
In total, EHC fraudulently billed Medicare more than $700,000 and was paid more than $370,000.
If convicted the conspiracy to commit health care fraud count and the nine substantive health care fraud counts each carry a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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