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Hospital executive arrested for allegedly using homeless people in medical fraud

January 30, 2009 | 10:26 am

A hospital executive was arrested this morning for allegedly paying homeless people for unnecessary medical treatment in a scheme to bilk government health programs of millions of dollars.

Robert Bourseau, who once helped run City of Angels Medical Center, was taken in to custody at his Los Angeles home this morning by federal investigators as part of an ongoing probe into a massive fraud scheme using thousands of homeless people from skid row as patients.

Bourseau will appear on charges of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and of taking illegal kickbacks as part of the scheme to defraud Medicare and Medi-Cal, said  Asst. U.S. Atty. Vince Farhat. He is slated to appear before a federal magistrate in a downtown court.

Photo: Law enforcement personal from multiple local and federal agencies entered the hospital to serve search warrants on this and two other hospitals as part of an investigation into alleged Medicare fraud involving homeless patients who were recruited from Skid Row. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times