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STATE SENATOR CHARGED-HOSPITAL
Former hospital owner will testify he bribed senator and others in health care fraud
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, February 21, 2014 6:31 PM EST
The former owner of a tiny orthopedic hospital with an unusually heavy roster of spinal surgery patients has been charged with health care fraud for paying kickbacks in a $500 million scheme to get patients and defraud workers comp insurance providers with the help of a California state senator.
Michael D. Drobot, a central figure in a corruption scandal that ensnared state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon, has agreed to plead guilty and testify against Calderon and others in return for a reduced sentence.
Calderon is charged with accepting $100,000 in bribes and other perks from Drobot to influence legislation that allowed him to continue the scam.