|Orthopedic Surgeon Gil Tepper Pleads Guilty. Agrees To A Plea Deal With The Los Angeles District Attorney.|
By Lonce Lamonte - February 20, 2019
Last week, orthopedic surgeon Gil Tepper, M.D., of Beverly Hills, pleaded guilty to two counts out of eleven counts charged against him under Labor Code Section 139.21 for workers’ compensation fraud. His plea agreement was approved on February 13, 2019 by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.
For a period of nearly nine years, from 2006 to 2014, Gil Tepper’s Miracle Mile Medical Center feigned to purchase surgical hardware from a shell company created by Tepper and his partner-in-crime, Jorge Vital, called Metalink Distributors. In actuality, the hardware implants and medical devices they purchased and utilized were from FDA registered surgical hardware suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers. Metalink Distributors was never registered with the FDA as required by law.
|Shaddi Kamiabipour, Lead Prosecutor In Landmark Case, Agrees To Dismiss June 2014 Indictment With Remaining Defendant, Bruce Curnick|
By Lonce Lamonte - February 15, 2019
On Thursday, February 14th 2019, which was St. Valentine’s Day, the case which has become known as the Landmark case had further proceedings in Orange County Superior Court in court room C-41 of the Honorable Sheila Hanson.
After a ruling by Judge Hanson on February 8th, Friday, which stated the prosecution, led by senior deputy district attorney Shaddi Kamiabipour, did violate and invade the attorney-client privilege confidentiality rights of Landmark after the seizure of their documents by search warrant, Ms. Kamiabipour agreed Thursday to dismiss the 2014 indictment. Former Landmark vice-president Bruce Curnick was the only remaining defendant in that indictment.
Ms. Kamiabipour has stated she will refile the charges against Bruce Curnick. The reason she's dismissing the charges is because a D.A. investigator, Fred Nichols, was "tainted" during the investigation, meaning he was exposed to attorney-client privileged materials, and then he testified before the grand jury.
|Judge Rules Against Case Dismissal And Recusal Of DA’s Office In Landmark Medical Fraud Case In Orange County. But Does Impose Sanctions. |
By Lonce Lamonte - February 11, 2019
Orange County Superior Court Judge Sheila Hanson ruled on Friday afternoon, February 8th 2019, in the Landmark Medical workers’ compensation fraud case that the case would not be dismissed and the prosecution would not be recused. However, she would impose sanctions.
Her ruling was in response to the defense’s motions, filed over a year ago, alleging that the prosecution, led by senior deputy district attorney Shaddi Kamiabipour, read and reviewed attorney-client privileged communications and work product. The defense, led by Benjamin Gluck, Landmark CEO Kareem Ahmed’s defense counsel, demanded the full dismissal of the case, or as a lesser remedy, the full recusal of the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
|California's Division of Workers' Compensation Announces Free Online Access to Evidence-Based Treatment Guidelines for Medical Providers |
By Lonce Lamonte and the DWC Newsline - February 5, 2019
Oakland—The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announces that medical providers who treat injured California workers can now have free online access to the State’s Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) guidelines.
“Medical providers in California should ensure that treatment decisions for injured workers are based on the best available evidence,” said George Parisotto, DWC Administrative Director. “By providing these guidelines free of charge, we are removing barriers that we expect will improve quality of care and reduce friction in the utilization review process.”
February 4, 2019 - Judge King Denies Sim Hoffman's 995 Motion In Full. Case Will Now Be Set For Trial.
January 31, 2019 - Judge King Takes Sim Hoffman, M.D.’s 995 Motion To Dismiss Under Submission. Promises To Issue Written Response By February 1st.
January 23, 2019 - California Division of Workers’ Compensation Posts 2018 Audit Unit Annual Report and the Ranking Report
January 23, 2019 - Indictments Unsealed Against Dr. Munir Uwaydah and Seven of his Co-Conspirators In Riverside County. Five Defendants Incarcerated Within Last Six Days.
January 20, 2019 - Dr. Uwaydah Sighted In Beirut On Thursday Morning. He Was Photographed In A Café Talking On His Cell Phone.
January 19, 2019 - Former State Senator, Ron Calderon, Was Released From Custody Yesterday. He Took Bribes From Former Pacific Hospital Owner, Michael D. Drobot.