Former Coachella Valley Woman Pleads Guilty in $44 Million Scheme that Fraudulently Billed Cosmetic Surgeries to Insurance

SANTA ANA, California – A former Rancho Mirage resident pleaded guilty this morning to federal charges related to a scheme that fraudulently billed insurance companies tens of millions of dollars for cosmetic surgeries by falsely claiming the procedures were “medically necessary.”

Linda Morrow, 69, who has been in federal custody since July 2019, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, admitting that she helped her husband run the fraudulent billing scheme out of The Morrow Institute (TMI) in Rancho Mirage.

Morrow also pleaded guilty to one count of contempt of court for fleeing the United States in 2017 after a federal grand jury indicted her for the health care fraud scheme. Along with her husband, Morrow fled to Israel, which deported her in 2019 after U.S. authorities tracked her down and Israeli authorities determined she had entered that nation on a fraudulent Mexican passport.

Read the entire press releaseThe United States Attorney's Office Central District of California, February 4, 2022

NICB assisted the investigation.