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Clinique Cam Thach, a Westminster, CA, cosmetic surgery clinic, was run by Elizabeth Cam Thach Thi Le. The clinic did big business by staying open until late at night and by placing ads in Vietnamese newspapers, offering low-cost surgery performed by American doctors.
Recently, however, Le and two doctors who worked at the clinic were found guilty of insurance fraud and grand theft. Le was convicted of seven counts of insurance fraud and two counts of grand theft; Dr. Alexander Sinclair was convicted of four counts of insurance fraud and two counts of grand theft; Dr. David Page was convicted of five counts of insurance fraud.
Le and Sinclair could both be facing ten-year prison terms on March 1, 1995, when the judge hands down the sentences. Page faces the possibility of a nine-year term.
The convictions stem from charges that the clinic billed insurance companies for medically necessary procedures when the surgical procedures actually performed were merely cosmetic. Additionally, those procedures for which there was a medical purpose were overbilled to the insurance companies.
Investigation revealed that the clinic often stayed open as late as 2 a.m. and billed as much as $100,000 in a single day.
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