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North Hollywood Woman Gets 76 Months for Ripping off Medicare

Susanna Artsruni ad previously pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud and one count of money laundering.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A federal judge sentenced today a North Hollywood woman who ran a medical equipment supply company to 76 months in prison for orchestrating a scheme that submitted nearly $25 million in phony claims to Medicare.

Susanna Artsruni had previously admitted, among other things, that she fraudulently billed Medicare on behalf of her own medical supply company, Midvalley Medical Supply in Van Nuys, for medically unnecessary services.

Artsruni, 46, who often used the names “Mary” and “Rose,” worked at a number of medical clinics in Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

She pleaded guilty in January to one count of health care fraud and one count of money laundering.

In addition to the 76-month sentence, Judge Margaret M. Morrow also ordered Artsruni pay $9,624,556 in restitution to the Medicare program.


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