Medical Clinic Owner Convicted for Health Care Fraud and Tax Fraud

Medical Clinic Owner Convicted for Health Care Fraud and Tax Fraud

A federal jury in Los Angeles has convicted the owner of a medical clinic for his role in a health care fraud scheme and filing false income tax returns.

Michael Huynh, 57, of Encino, was convicted Wednesday of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and 11 counts of faling false tax returns after a seven-day trial. Huynh will be sentenced on January 30, 2017.

Evidence introduced at the trial showed that Huynh, the office manager and part-owner of a medical clinic, provided false prescriptions to a pharmacist and co-conspirator, Harhad N. Dany Sharim, who submitted false claims to insurance companies for drugs that were never dispensed. Once Sharim received payments from the insurance companies, he paud Huynh for the false prescriptions. Trial evidence also showed that,between January 2004 and November 2009, Huynh received 82 checks from Sharim totaling over $1.1 million. Huynh filed false federak tax returns for tax years 2007 through 2011 that under-reported by over $1.6 million in total the medical clinic’s gross receipts and sales on the corporate tax returns and income on the individual tax returns.

Sharim pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud on November 18, 2013, and will be sentenced on December 5.

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