Clarence Lavan watches as authorities raid City of Angels Medical Center near downtown L.A. Lavan, who has Graves' disease, said he's a patient of the one of the doctors named in a lawsuit but has never even met the doctor. He holds a bag of empty medicine bottles.
The elaborate enterprise churned thousands of indigents through hospitals over the last four years and billed Medicare and Medi-Cal for costly and unjustified medical procedures, federal, state and local investigators said Wednesday. After raids on three hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties Wednesday, one hospital chief executive faces criminal charges and executives at two other facilities were accused of fraudulent business practices in a related civil lawsuit filed by Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo.