Health Law & Business

Fraud Conviction Stands for Substance Abuse Center Doctor

Feb. 22, 2021, 8:52 PM

The medical director of two Florida substance abuse treatment centers was properly convicted of conspiracy to commit health-care fraud because the government introduced sufficient evidence showing he fully cooperated in and advanced the fraudulent scheme, the Eleventh Circuit said Monday.

The United States proved Arman Abovyan “not only agreed to join the conspiracy but also willfully participated in it and knew of its essential nature,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit said in an opinion by Judge Frank M. Hull.

Abovyan was the medical director at Reflections Treatment Center and Journey to Recovery in South Florida. The...

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