LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A doctor in California’s Orange County was convicted of performing unnecessary surgeries on more than 160 people in an insurance scam case, officials said.
Dr. Michael Chan, 65, of Cerritos, one of 19 defendants accused in the case, faces up to 28 years in state prison on 40 felony counts, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Chan pleaded guilty Thursday to performing the surgeries in a $154 million medical insurance scam that attracted patients by advertising low-cost cosmetic surgery.
The Times said nearly 3,000 people across the United States allegedly agreed to undergo unnecessary procedures, including colonoscopies and sweaty-palm operations at the now-defunct Unity Outpatient Surgery Center in Buena Vista, which Chan owned and operated.
Most of the surgeries were performed on weekends.
Nine other defendants pleaded guilty and have been sentenced. Another nine were to appear in court Friday for a pretrial hearing.