TWO ADMINISTRATORS SENTENCED FOR THEIR ROLES IN $154 MILLION MEDICAL INSURANCE FRAUD SCHEME

For Immediate Release
Case # 08ZF0025
            







January 14, 2013

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
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Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
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TWO ADMINISTRATORS SENTENCED FOR THEIR ROLES IN $154 MILLION MEDICAL INSURANCE FRAUD SCHEME

 

SANTA ANA – Two administrators were convicted and sentenced for their roles in the largest medical fraud prosecution in the nation for recruiting thousands of healthy patients to undergo unnecessary and dangerous surgeries to fraudulently bill medical insurance companies.

 

Dee Francis, 63, a Unity administrator, pleaded guilty to the court Jan. 11, 2013, to two felony counts of conspiracy, eight felony counts of capping or paying for referrals, 30 felony counts of grand theft, 30 felony counts of insurance fraud, 30 felony counts of making false and fraudulent claims, one felony count of filing a false tax return, and white collar crime sentencing enhancements for taking over $2.5 million. Francis was sentenced to six years in state prison Jan. 11, 2013. The People advocated for a sentence of 55 years in state prison. The sentence will be served concurrent to the sentence he received Dec. 20, 2012, of six years in state prison and $905,507 restitution for a Nov. 26, 2012, conviction by a jury of one felony count of filing a false tax return and six felony counts of failing to file tax returns.

 

Rosalinda Rodriguez Landon, 67, a Unity administrator, pleaded guilty to the court Jan. 11, 2013, to two felony counts of conspiracy, eight felony counts of capping or paying for referrals, 30 felony counts of grand theft, 30 felony counts of insurance fraud, 30 felony counts of making false and fraudulent claims, one felony count of money laundering, and white collar crime sentencing enhancements for taking over $2.5 million. Landon was sentenced to five years and four months in state prison Jan. 11, 2013. The People advocated for a sentence of 55 years in state prison. The sentence will be served concurrent to the sentence she received Dec. 20, 2012, of five years and four months in state prison and $1,104,496 restitution for a Nov. 26, 2012, conviction by a jury of six felony counts of filing false tax returns.

 

Co-Defendants

Roy Chester Dickson, 64, Yorba Linda, Unity’s attorney, is charged with two felony counts of conspiracy, eight felony counts of capping or paying for referrals, 30 felony counts of grand theft, 30 counts of insurance fraud, 30 felony counts of making false and fraudulent claims, one felony count of money laundering, and white collar crime sentencing enhancements for taking over $2.5 million. If convicted, Dickson faces a minimum sentence of 55 years in state prison. He is out of custody on $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a trial setting conference Jan. 25, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-41, Central Justice Center. Dickson was found guilty by a jury Nov. 26, 2012, of two felony counts of filing a false personal tax return and was sentenced Dec. 20, 2012, to two years and eight months in state prison and $41,629 restitution on the tax conviction.

 

Andrew Robert Harnen, 58, Rosemead, Unity’s accountant, is charged with two felony counts of conspiracy, eight felony counts of capping or paying for referrals, 30 felony counts of grand theft, 30 felony counts of insurance fraud, 30 felony counts of making false and fraudulent claims, one felony count of filing a false tax return, and white collar crime sentencing enhancements for taking over $2.5 million. If convicted, Harnen faces a minimum sentence of 55 years in state prison.