The surgeon who was accused of building a luxurious life on the backs of often-desperate drug users eager to make a buck — even if it meant enduring unnecessary surgeries, getting unnecessary lab tests and receiving unnecessary injections for inflated prices — pleaded guilty to several charges in two separate cases on Friday, August 12, according to court records.
Before landing in the
Rosen pleaded guilty to several counts of submitting fraudulent insurance claims with an aggravated white collar crime enhancement, while scores of other charges were dismissed. He faces 10 years behind bars, but will get credit for the two years he has already served as the cases progressed through the justice system.
Vismanos pleaded guilty on Friday to insurance fraud and had dozens of charges dismissed.
“This is the largest prison sentence for a provider in a
Rosen’s time behind bars was itself a source of controversy.
Rosen got COVID-19 in late 2020, and a judge released him to his multi-million dollar home to recover, for fear of underlying medical conditions.
Rather than enduring lock-up in Orange County’s main jail, Rosen paid
Rosen’s attorney did not respond to requests for comment by deadline.
“I refuse to allow these body brokers to traffic human beings as part of a thinly disguised plot to strike it rich,”
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