BEVERLY HILLS—Beverly Hills chiropractor Yury Chernega, has been charged along with 14 other chiropractors in a $6 million insurance fraud scheme. The scheme involved illegal kickbacks connected with automobile collision claims.
The case originally filed on April 26, lists a total of 18 felony counts which a total of 15 people are accused of. The charges include insurance fraud and participating in patient referral rebates when licensed as a chiropractor or in the healing arts. All the defendants are accused of filing false claims for medical services they never provided.
Prosecutors are asking that Chernega, who is the alleged ringleader of the scheme, receive the maximum sentence of 18 months in state prison. Prosecutors are requesting that Chernega’s bail be set at $325,000.
Chernega referred clients to other chiropractors in return for an illegal referral fee between the years of 2015 and 2018. He made a total of six million dollars through his illegal referrals where the patients allegedly had been in automobile accidents. According to prosecutors, Chernega did not report the illegal monies he collected through his referrals on his taxes. Chernega’s allegations include taking more than $500,000 from approximately 30 insurance companies through fraud and embezzlement.
The fourteen other alleged co-conspirators are:
Michael Milman of Beverly Hills, John Sherf of Sherman Oaks, Jae Ho Park of Coto de Caza, Danush Haghani of Yorba Linda, Kamron Nourgostar of Irvine, David Wayne Ginoza of Torrance, Alan P. Grubstein of Rancho Cucamonga, Kamiar Riahi of Woodland Hills, Sam Amirmoazzami of Encino, Robin Stacy Long of Newhall, Ramin Lavi of Chatsworth, Gustavo Adolfo Nino of Pasadena, Nahid Haji Acs of Rancho Cucamonga, and Victoria Davidovsky Lucas of Pacific Palisades.
Bail for each alleged co-conspirator ranges from $200,000 to $225,000. Most of the defendants were arrested in a sweep that was performed Thursday, May 2. The suspects are expected to be arraigned in court on Monday, May 6, in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. All the accused are facing 10 to 18 years in prison if found guilty.