California man gets 121 months in jail for fraud

Thursday, July 10, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Vahe Tahmasian has been sentenced to 121 months in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, six counts of health care fraud and six counts of aggravated identity theft, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Between April 2009 and February 2011, Tahmasian and co-conspirator Erik Mkhitarian, owners of Orthomed Appliance, a DME supply company in West Hollywood, allegedly stole the identity of beneficiaries and doctors from patient files to submit fraudulent claims. Tahmasian, who was found guilty in March, submitted more than $1.5 million in claims to Medicare and received $994,036. He has been ordered to pay restitution, according to the release.