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Identity Theft Complaint

Identity Theft Complaint

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ALEXANDERROBERTSON,IV(StateBarNo.127042)
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vs.MICHAELo.MIDI,M.D.;KAMBIZBENlAMIAOMIDI,akaJULIANOMIDI;ROBERTSILVERMAN,ESQ.;ALEXANDERWEISSE,ESQ.;EDDeFRANK,ESQ.;INDEPENDENTMEDICALSERVICES,INC.;CINDYOMIDI;SURGERYCENTERMANAGEMENT,LLC.;GOLDENSTATEPRACTICEMANAGEMENT,LLC.;ELLIOTALPERT,M.D.;andDOES1through100,inclusive,Defendant.COMENOWPlaintiffs,andeachofthem,andcomplainandallegeasfollows:
NATUREOFTHEACTION
1.ThePlaintiffsareallmedicaldoctorswhoresideintheCountyofLosAngelesandprovidedmedicalservicesasindependentcontractorsonanas-neededbasistopatientsofambulatorysurgerycentersCASC's")ownedandoperatedbyDefendants,MICHAELOMIDI,M.D.,JULIANOMIDI(collectivelyreferredtohereinasthe"OMIDIS").ThePlaintiffswere
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typicallyinformedonaweeklybasiswhattheirschedulewouldbe-andwhichsurgerycentertheywerescheduledtoreporttoonagiven
day.:
Typically,thePlaintiffs.wouldnotknowtheidentitiesofthepatients,orwhichspecifictypeofsurgerywasscheduledforeachpatientuntiltheyarrivedatthesurgerycentersontheday(s)theywerescheduled.ThePlaintiffsweretypicallypaidonanhourlybasisforthesurgeriestheyperformedfromtimetotimeatthevarioussurgerycentersownedandoperatedbytheOMIDIS.Asindependentcontractors,thePlaintiffsdidnotprepareanyofthebillssenttothepatients'insurancecompaniesbytheOMIDIS;norwerethePlaintiffsmadeawareoftheamountofthecharges.madeto,orpaymentsreceivedfromthepatients'insurancecompaniestotheOMIDISortheiraffiliatedcompanies.2.Plaintiffsareinformedandbelieve,andthereonallege,thattheOMIDISpaidthe.doctorswhowereindependentcontractorsthroughTOPSURGEONS,INC.and/orSURGERY·CENTERMANAGEMENT,INC.between2009untilthebeginningof2011.However,Plaintiffsareinformedandbelievethatcommencingsometimein2011,thedoctorswhowereindependentcontractorsbeganreceivingpaymentoftheirwagesfromINDEPENDENTMEDICALSERVICES,INC.,(hereinafterreferredtoas"IMS").3.Plaintiffsare-informedandbelieve,and.thereonallegesthatinoraboutMay2011,thedoctorswhoprovidedmedicalservicesattheOMIDIS'surgerycentersasindependentcontractorswerecontactedbyoneoftheOMIDIS'in-houseattorneys,ALEXANDERWEISSE,Esq.(hereinafterreferredto
as
."WEISSE")andweretoldthattheOMIDISneededtochangethewaytheywerebillingtheirpatients'insurancecompanies.Specifically,WEISSEtoldthePlaintiffsthatcertaininsurancecompanieshad"redflagged"thebillsfrom.theOMIDISandtheiraffiliatedcompaniesandthattheOMIDISwantedtosetupseparateprofessionalcorporationsfor_eachdoctorsotheycouldbilltheinsurancecompaniesunderthenameofeachdoctor'snewcorporationtoavoidtheinsurancecompaniesrecognizingthatthesebillswereforproceduresperformedatsurgerycentersownedandoperatedbytheOMIDIS.4.·Asaresult,WEISSEinformedthePlaintiffsofthefollowingscheme:TheOMIDISwouldcreatenewprofessionalmedicalcorporationsforeachofthedoctorsworking
at
theirvarioussurgerycentersatnocosttothedoctors.TheOMIDISwouldthenbillthepatients'
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COMPLAINT-FORFRAUD
1insurancecompaniesforthemedicalservicesprovidedbyeachdoctorunderthedoctors'new2corporatename,however,thedoctorswouldnotbeallowedtoseeany
of
thosebillsand
100%
of3themoneypaidbythepatients'insurancecompaniestothedoctors··corporationswouldbe4collectedandkeptbytheOMIDISoroneoftheiraffiliatedcompanies,Further,WEISSE5explainedthattheOMIDISwouldpayallincome
tax
owedbythenewcorporationsforthe6paymentsmadebythepatients'insurancecompanies.Finally,WEISSEexplainedtothePlaintiffs7thattheywouldcontinuetobepaidtheirhourlyrate,andwouldnotreceiveanypaymentfrom8theirprofessionalmedicalcorporationsasallincomewouldbeassignedtoandkeptbyoneofthe9OMIDIS'affiliatedcompanies.
5.
Notknowingthelegalityofthisproposal,thePlaintiffsaUjointlyretainedan11experiencedhealthlawattorneytoreviewthisproposalandtoadvisethemaccordingly..The12healthlawattorneyengagedinnumerousdiscussionswithWEISSEandEDDEFRANK,ESQ.,13whoalsowasanin-houseattorneyfortheOMIDIS,andrepeatedlytoldWEISSEandDEFRANK14thatthisproposedschemewouldviolateBusiness
&
ProfessionsCode§650(anti-kickback
15
statute)andpossiblystateandfederalincometaxlawsaswell.
16.
6.Plaintiffsareinformedandbelieve,andthereonallege,thatonoraboutJune22,172011,DefendantMICHAELOMIDIsentanemailtothePlaintiffs,mockingtheadvicegivento
18
thePlaintiffsbytheirhealthlawattorneyandassuredthePlaintiffsthattheproposedschemeand19contractwaslegalanddidnotviolatethe"kick-back"law.
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7.Plaintiffsareinformedandbelieve,andthereonallegethatonoraboutJune23,212011,WEISSEtransmittedaproposedcontracttothePlaintiffs,whichmemorializedtheabove-22referencedscheme.PlaintiffsarefurtherinformedandbelievethatthePlaintiffsallrefusedtosign23theproposedcontractandrefusedtogoalongwiththeOMIDIS'proposedschemeanddidnot24consenttoallowtheOMIDIS,ortheiragents,tocreateprofessionalmedicalcorporationsfor25.them,didnotconsenttoallowtheOMIDIS,ortheiragents,tobillpatients'insurancecompanies26forthemedicalservicesrenderedby
the
Plaintiffsunderthenameofanewprofessionalmedical27corporations,anddidnotconsenttotheOMIDIS,ortheiragents,collectingandkeeping100%of
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&
AsSOCIATES,LLP
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