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Patients scarred, insurance firms duped in massive scam, L.A. County prosecutors say
Los Angeles Times

The patients were told a board-certified orthopedic surgeon would conduct their operations.

But the surgeries were instead performed by a physician’s assistant who had never attended medical school and was not overseen by the surgeon during the operations, which were billed as the surgeon’s work, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

The results for nearly two dozen patients were lasting scars, prosecutors said. Many had to undergo additional surgeries to repair the damage.

The allegations were made Tuesday by prosecutors after two indictments were unsealed accusing Dr. Munir Uwaydah, his attorney and more than a dozen associates of carrying out one of the largest insurance fraud scams in California history.