SANTA MONICA—Kelly Park, who was acquitted in 2013 for the murder of college student and aspiring model Juliana Redding, was arrested again on Monday, September 14 on fraud charges in connection with what prosecutors say was one of the largest insurance fraud scams in California history.
At least six people were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of their involvement with Munir Uwaydah, Park’s business associate, a wealthy Lebanese doctor and owner of Frontline Medical in Southern California who allegedly organized the scam.
Park, 49, was arrested at 10:40 a.m. on September 14 by Los Angeles County District Attorney investigators and will remain in jail where bail has been set at $18.5 million by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin. Her hearing is set for September 25.
Just two years ago, Park was acquitted of first and second-degree murder after a trial investigating the death of Juliana Redding, who was killed on March 15, 2008, just five days after a business deal gone wrong with her father and Uwaydah.
On September 8, Uwaydah was arrested in Germany and is awaiting extradition to the United States in connection with a grand jury indictment naming him as a defendant, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
“Today, we put an end to the illegal activities of an organized criminal enterprise that was responsible for one of the largest insurance fraud scams in California’s history,” said District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
“Although the patient victims sustained physical harm, we who pay higher premiums for health care suffer economic harm when scams are allowed to continue unchecked. With this case, we send a clear message that we will continue our mission to protect the community by pursuing criminals who commit fraud in Los Angeles County.”
Park, Uwaydah and nine others are being indicted on charges of conspiracy, insurance fraud, aggravated mayhem and unlawful client or patient referral.
Allegations of medical fraud first surfaced during the Redding murder trial, after the examination of motions filed in the trial, which offered clues into the weekend’s arrest sweep by the LA County District Attorney’s office. The business deal related to Redding’s pharmacist father, Greg, involved what police and prosecutors alleged was a fraudulent medical empire run by the Lebanese doctor and facilitated by Park.
In court motions filed prior to the murder trial, Park’s attorneys denied “that she or any of her business associates were involved in any fraud at all.”