Man Pleads Guilty In Scheme To Recruit Homeless For Health Care
An L.A. man pleaded guilty Tuesday to health-care fraud after he participated in a scheme to recruit homeless people on Skid Row to undergo unnecessary medical treatment that was billed to Medicare and Medi-Cal.
Federal authorities say 49-year-old Vincent Rubio, former chief financial officer of Tustin Hospital and Medical Center, payed kickbacks to a woman to lure Skid Row patients to the center to receive the unnecessary treatment that would then bolster the hospital's bottom line. As part of an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Rubio pleaded guilty to health-care fraud and failing to report income on a tax return.
Rubio is one of five people who have entered guilty pleas in health-care scams involving mostly homeless people from L.A.'s Skid Row. Rubio faces a maximum 15 years behind bars.
The federal investigation into using Skid Row citizens as pawns in health-care kickback schemes is ongoing.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss LA Weekly's biggest stories.
- Valentine's Weekend DUI Checkpoints Hit Hollywood, Koreatown
Thu., Feb. 18, 7:30pm
Fri., Feb. 19, 2:00pm
Fri., Feb. 19, 6:00pm
Fri., Feb. 19, 7:30pm
- Watch the Porter Ranch Gas Leak Get Shut Down (VIDEO)
- Teen Raver Died From Ecstasy Intoxication, Coroner Says