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15 medical professionals indicted in $25M scheme

SFGate.com / Associated Press, June 25, 2014
Fifteen doctors, pharmacists and others medical professionals in Southern California have been charged in a $25 million workers' compensation scam that prosecutors say was linked to the death of a baby. Recently unsealed indictments allege that Kareem Ahmed, who heads the workers' compensation claims management firm Landmark Medical Management, hired pharmacists to produce a pain-relief cream, gave kickbacks to doctors and chiropractors to prescribe it, and also conspired to submit phony claims. A coroner's report said a 5-month-old boy in Los Angeles County ate the cream and died. Ahmed, pharmacist Michael Rudolph and Dr. Andrew Jarminski have been charged with involuntary manslaughter. In addition, the parents of the baby are suing over his death.