FBI — Medicare Fraud & Organized Crime Bust
. It was the largest Medicare fraud scheme ever committed by a single enterprise and criminally charged by the Department of Justice. Today, 73 defendants—including members and associates of an Armenian-American organized crime enterprise—were publicly named in federal indictments announced in five states. They were charged with various health care fraud-related crimes involving more than $163 million in fraudulent billings. Of those indicted, 55 were arrested early this morning in a nationwide takedown carefully planned and carried out by the FBI and our federal, state, and local partners. More than two dozen search warrants were also executed at the same time. According to the indictments, the Armenian-American organized crime ring behind the scheme is the Mirzoyan-Terdjanian Organization
—named after its principal leaders Davit Mirzoyan and Robert Terdjanian. Although headquartered in New York City and Los Angeles, the group operates throughout the U.S. and around the world. And like many criminal enterprises, members of the organization are alleged to have used violence and threats of violence to ensure respect for and payments to its leadership.