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Former CEO of City of Angels Medical Center pleads guilty to fraud

Los Angeles Times, December 15, 2008

The former chief executive of the City of Angels Medical Center has pleaded guilty to paying illegal kickbacks in what authorities described as a massive scheme to defraud taxpayer-funded healthcare programs of millions of dollars by recruiting homeless patients for unnecessary medical services. Rudra Sabaratnam, MD, admitted to paying approximately $493,000 in kickbacks to the owner of a skid row-based recruiting storefront facility, and others to recruit homeless patients and take them to the hospital for unnecessary services.