Burbank Couple Arrested, Charged in Multi-Million-Dollar Medicare Scam
LA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE
LOS ANGELES – A Burbank couple suspected of being the masterminds behind a Medicare scheme that took in $5.8 million in two years was arrested today on multiple counts of money laundering, tax fraud and other charges, the District Attorney’s office announced.
Deputy District Attorney Albert MacKenzie with the Fraud Interdiction Program said Sarkis Musoyan, 37 (dob 9-27-67), and his wife, Azatui Dilboyan, 37 (dob 3-31-68), were arrested at their Burbank home by investigators with the D.A.’s Bureau of Investigation.
The couple allegedly hired medical doctors and set up offices in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Huntington Beach, and then submitted fraudulent bills in the doctors’ names, MacKenzie said. Between July 1, 2002 and Nov. 30, 2004, they are suspected of filing $5.8 million in fraudulent Medicare bills.
The husband and wife are charged in case No. BA286791 with one count each of conspiracy, six counts each of tax fraud, 111 counts each of money laundering, and one count each of grand theft. The complaint includes a special allegation that the loss exceeded $2.5 million. If convicted of all charges, they face up to 70 years each in prison.
Investigators with the Office of Inspector General-Medicare Fraud and the Franchise Tax Board assisted in the investigation.
Musoyan and Dilboyan are scheduled to be arraigned some time after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Division 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.