Doctor Convicted In Surgery Scam Case


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.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.