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California doctor charged in $150 million insurance scam
Sacramento Bee

An orthopedic surgeon was charged as the ringleader in one of the state’s biggest health fraud schemes, which included unnecessary operations by an untrained assistant that scarred patients forever, according to indictments unsealed Tuesday.

Dr. Munir Uwaydah and 14 associates, including another doctor and a lawyer, bilked insurance companies out of $150 million in the scheme, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.

Nearly two dozen patients were told Uwaydah would perform surgery on them, only to have his physician’s assistant — who had not attended medical school — operate once they were under anesthesia, according to the indictment. Uwaydah wasn’t even present for the surgeries.