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California Medical Imaging CEO Guilty of Kickback Scheme for Workers’ Compensation Patients

SAN DIEGO, CA — The CEO of several Southern California-based medical imaging companies was found guilty by a federal jury today of running a scheme in which more than $250 million in claims were fraudulently submitted through the state workers’ compensation system for medical services procured through bribes and kickbacks to physicians and others.

Sam Sarkis Solakyan, 40, of Glendale, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud and health care fraud, and 11 counts of honest services mail fraud.

Solakyan was the CEO of several medical-imaging companies, including the Glendale-based Vital Imaging Inc., and San Diego MRI Institute. Solakyan operated diagnostic imaging facilities throughout California, including the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Orange counties, and San Diego..

 

Read the press release. US Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, July 2, 2021

 

NICB assisted the investigation.