SoCal Doctor Anthony Hao Dinh was charged with stealing $150 million from the federal COVID program called the COVID Uninsured Program.
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A doctor from Southern California was accused of stealing $150 million from the Federal Covid Program. It is suspected that Newport Coast resident Anthony Hao Dinh, 64, misappropriated the funds by submitting fictitious claims for payment through the Covid Uninsured Program. His purportedly false assertions covered the period from July 2020 through March 2021.
If a patient received the COVID vaccination, underwent testing and treatment for the virus, and lacked insurance, clinicians may file claims for payment to the Department of Health and Human Services.
According to KTLA 5:
An Orange County doctor was charged with stealing around $150 million from a federal program providing COVID-19 health services to uninsured patients.
Anthony Hao Dinh, 64, from Newport Coast operated clinics in Westminster and Garden Grove. He is a licensed doctor of osteopathy who was an ear, nose and throat specialist, as well as a facial plastic surgeon, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Dinh allegedly stole millions of dollars by submitting claims for reimbursement under the Health Resources and Services Administration’s COVID-19 Uninsured Program.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides claims reimbursement to healthcare providers for testing, treating or administering vaccines to uninsured patients for COVID.
From July 2020 to March 2021, Dinh allegedly submitted false claims for treating patients who were already insured, services not actually rendered, and services that were not medically necessary, officials said.
“As a result of these false and fraudulent claims, HRSA made payments to defendant Dinh, through [his medical] practices, in the approximate amount of $150 million,” according to court documents.
The HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program is the subject of the “largest fraud scheme in the nation” according to officials, according to KTLA.
Additionally, he was charged with making fake loan applications totaling $8 million, of which the doctor received $2.8 million.
He is accused of money laundering, wire fraud, and obstructing the legal system. He was granted freedom on a $7 million bail, and at the end of October, the US District Court in Santa Ana, California, will have an arraignment hearing.
If the sentences are served consecutively, he may spend a total of 50 years behind bars if found guilty of all counts.
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According to the Department of Justice, five current or former IRS workers in Tennessee and Mississippi unlawfully obtained thousands of dollars in COVID relief monies to support opulent lives.
In an effort to get more than $1 million in funding, the five defendants reportedly filed phony loan applications to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program.
According to court records, they subsequently utilized the loan money to support their luxurious lives, which included purchasing brand-new automobiles, high-end products, and personal vacations, including ones to Las Vegas.
“The IRS employees charged in these cases allegedly abused the trust placed in them by the public,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Criminal Division is committed to safeguarding that public trust and protecting pandemic relief programs for the American people.”