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Case # 18CF3322, 18CF3323

December 5, 2018

DOCTOR AND PATIENT CHARGED WITH INSURANCE FRAUD FOR BILLING OVER $850,000 IN PRESCRIPTION FRAUD SCHEME

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A doctor and patient were charged with insurance fraud for billing over $850,000 to an insurance provider for medically unnecessary prescriptions.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Dr. David Todd Asher, 50, Fullerton

Charged on Nov. 29, 2018, with the following felony counts:

  • (4) Insurance Fraud

Sentencing Enhancement Allegations

  • Over $100,000 loss
  • Aggravated white collar crime over $500,000

13 years and eight months in state prison

To be determined

Sabina Maciel Acevedo, 48, Anaheim

  • (4) Insurance Fraud
  • Grand theft

Sentencing Enhancement Allegations

  • Over $100,000 loss

Eight years and eight months in state prison

Pre-trial hearing

Jan. 23, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • Between May 2014 and September 2014, Acevedo is accused of completing four compound cream prescription forms for herself and three immediate family members without receiving medical examinations.
  • Dr. Asher is accused of signing all of the forms without examining any of the family members or customizing each prescription.
  • The completed prescription forms were sent to San Dimas Pharmacy in Bakersfield to be fulfilled, and the pharmacy billed $855,210 to Acevedo’s prescription insurance, Express Scripts, which is provided through the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD).
  • Acevedo is accused of receiving $19,504.57 in kickbacks for fulfilling these prescriptions through San Dimas Pharmacy.
  • Express Scripts and SAUSD noticed the unusual charges and contacted the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Investigation, who investigated this case.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Hope Callahan, Insurance Fraud Unit

 



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