SAN DIEGO—Gevorg “George” Kupelian was sentenced today to 30 months in custody for his role in a fraud scheme that involved billing Medicare for medical tests on unsuspecting seniors that were either medically unnecessary or were never performed.

U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant ordered Kupelian to repay Medicare $964,011 in restitution.

According to court documents, Gevorg Kupelian and others operated the El Centro Clinic, located at 485 Broadway Street, Suites C and D, in El Centro, California, as a Medicare-billing mill. Kupelian admitted that he set up the clinic and found a doctor to act as the official physician of record. But, as Kupelian acknowledged, the doctor served primarily as a “front” so that Kupelian could use his Medicare billing number to submit Medicare claims.


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