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Former O.C. chiropractor convicted of defrauding insurers of $2.2 million

SANTA ANA — A 56-year-old former Orange County chiropractor was found guilty Tuesday of defrauding health insurers out of about $2.2 million in a scheme that spanned more than three years.

Susan H. Poon of Dana Point submitted false reimbursement claims to the health insurance providers Anthem and Aetna from January 2015-April 2018 for false diagnoses and services that were not performed, according to Ciaran McEvoy, a public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Poon also submitted fraudulent prescriptions containing fabricated medical diagnoses of dependents of Costco and United Parcel Service employees, McEvoy said.

Poon unlawfully took the personal identification information of the victims by attending health fairs at various UPS warehouses and Costco locations, and soliciting the information from employees.

Poon, whose office was located in Rancho Santa Margarita, had her chiropractic license revoked in July 2019, according to the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

Poon was found guilty of five counts of health care fraud, three counts of making false statements relating to health care matters and one count of aggravated identity theft, McEvoy said.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter scheduled a sentencing hearing for Aug. 30. Poon faces a maximum sentence of 67 years in federal prison, McEvoy said.

Source: Orange County Register

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