Clinic owner faces up to 38 years in prison for healthcare fraud, filing false tax returns

A federal jury in Los Angeles has convicted Michael Huynh, owner of M.T.P. Medical Clinic in Reseda, Calif., of one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and 11 counts of filing false tax returns, according to the Department of Justice.

According to evidence presented at trial, Mr. Huynh gave false prescriptions to a pharmacist who submitted false claims to insurers for drugs that were never dispensed. Between January 2004 and November 2009, the pharmacist, Farhad N. Dany Sharim, paid Mr. Huynh more than $1.1 million for the false prescriptions.

The government also alleged Mr. Huynh filed false tax returns for tax years 2007 through 2011.  

Mr. Huynh will be sentenced Jan. 30, 2017. He faces up 38 years in federal prison.

Mr. Sharim pleaded guilty in 2013 to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, and will be sentenced on Dec. 5.

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