Medicare’s “Most Wanted” Arrested in LA on Fraud Charges

Won Suk Lee, one of Medicare’s most wanted fugitives allegedly responsible for approximately $2.1 million in false claims submitted to Medicare, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after arriving on a flight from South Korea. Charged in July 2012 and indicted on charges of health care fraud, aiding and abetting, and causing an act to be done, Lee is currently in custody and awaiting criminal prosecution.

The owner and operator of Acupuncture and Herb, Inc. (a/k/a Huntington Park Acupuncture Clinic and Variety Choice, Inc.), two clinics located in Huntington Park, California, Lee was an acupuncturist. According to the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), Lee and his staff allegedly provided acupuncture and massage services to Medicare patients between August 2009 and February 2011, but these services were not covered by Medicare.

According to the OIG, Lee took Medicare beneficiaries’ health identification cards and other personal and medical information and provided it to the California Neuro-Rehabilitation Institute, Inc. (CNR), a clinic enrolled as a Medicare provider for physical therapy services. Using that information, CNR then allegedly submitted false claims to Medicare for Medicare-covered services, such as physical therapy, even though the beneficiaries did not receive any services from CNR. The OIG believes that Lee and other co-conspirators created patient files for the beneficiaries that included false documentation for covered services allegedly provided at CNR in support of the fraudulent Medicare claims reportedly worth approximately $1.2 million from Medicare.