A former Los Angeles hospital CEO was sentenced to two years in prison for paying kickbacks to fill beds with homeless Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
Two-year sentence for ex-City of Angels CEO
Rudra Sabaratnam, 66, also was ordered to pay $4.1 million restitution for the fraud perpetrated while he was CEO and co-owner of City of Angels Medical Center. Sabaratnam pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme, as did Robert Bourseau, who was the hospital's co-owner and chairman at the time, and other participants. Bourseau is serving a three-year prison sentence.
Sabaratnam and Bourseau admitted entering sham consulting contracts with a phony assessment center in the area of Los Angeles known as Skid Row, where patients were recruited to be admitted to the hospital. A lawsuit brought by the Los Angeles attorney's office alleges that other hospitals were involved, and the federal investigation is ongoing.
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