YEREVAN, October 29. /ARKA/. David Mirzoyan, a key member of the notorious international organized crime enterprise known as the Mirzoyan-Terdjanian Organization that stole more than $100 million through a wide-range of money making fraudulent schemes, has pleaded guilty, the office of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara said.
The organization stole the identities of licensed doctors and thousands of real Medicare beneficiaries and then filed applications to bill Medicare in the names of the doctors, providing clinic addresses which were more often than not mailbox addresses. Each clinic existed for a maximum of three months. After receiving the money for the sham services, the organization would close the clinic and set up a new one, Russia’s RAPSI agency reports Monday.
From 2006, with the stolen identities of doctors and patients in hand, the organization billed Medicare for over $100 million for fictitious treatment.
In November 2010, the U.S. authorities initiated criminal cases against 73 individuals on charges of stealing personal data, running counterfeit credit card schemes and trading smuggled cigarettes and fake medication.
The investigators' material reads that most of the accused are Armenian, Kazakh, Russian and Ukrainian born residents.
Mirzoyan faces 75 years in prison. His sentence will be announced on February 6, 2013. —0-