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Rehab Owner Gets 52 Years for Sex Abuse, $175 Million Fraud Plot

July 14, 2020, 11:19 PM

The founder and former owner of a drug and alcohol treatment center in Los Angeles was sentenced Tuesday to more than 52 years in state prison for a series of sexual assaults and a fraudulent billing scheme that sought around $175 million from Anthem Blue Cross and other insurers, local prosecutors announced.

Christopher Bathum, who owned and operated Community Recovery of Los Angeles and other entities in Southern California and Colorado, was sentenced to 52 years and eight months and ordered to register as a sex offender for life for the sexual abuse offenses that occured over the course of...

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