Southern California woman, doctor charged with bilking Medicare out of $22 million



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GLENDALE, California — A Southern California woman has been charged with helping bilk Medicare out of $22 million by billing for unnecessary care.

A federal indictment unsealed Thursday charges Angela Avetisyan of Glendale with fraud and conspiracy. A Los Angeles doctor, Robert Glazer, was previously charged.

Authorities say Avetisyan was Glazer's office manager and co-owned a Los Angeles home health care agency.

The indictment alleges that the two created phony prescriptions and documents used to bill Medicare for home health services, hospice services and items such as power wheelchairs that were unnecessary or never delivered.

The indictment says documents also were sold to providers who billed Medicare, which paid out some $22 million.

A message left for an Angela Avetisyan in Glendale wasn't immediately returned. Glazer's office number is disconnected.

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