Filipino doctor, wanted in US, now a medical reservist in AFP


MANILA, Philippines—Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) finally caught up with a Filipino doctor long wanted in the United States for allegedly defrauding the state of California of some $3 million in fake medical claims.

Dr. Eric Uy Chan, who had been hiding from US authorities since 2000, was arrested right inside the Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo where he had managed to wangle a commission as a lieutenant colonel in the Medical Reserve Corps.

NBI Foreign Liaison Division chief Claro de Castro said Tuesday they had initially received information that the 48-year-old Chan had assumed the name Eric Uy Garchitorena and had joined the AFP.

De Castro told the Inquirer they waited for the doctor to turn up at a medical reservists’ meeting at Aguinaldo on Saturday morning and arrested him on sight.

He said they had been looking for Chan since Aug. 28, 2006, when a Manila court issued a warrant for his arrest based on a request from the US government coursed through the Department of Justice.

Chan is wanted by US authorities for conspiracy to commit a crime, grand theft and health care fraud for presenting false medical claims and collecting payments amounting to more than $3 million from the California Medi-Cal Program.

Two California state courts separately issued warrants for his arrest in January 2000 and February 2003 stemming from a complaint that alleged that in 1996, Chan and his two co-accused operated the Green Cross Medical Clinic in Carson City, California, with neither a license from the state nor a medical service provider number.

To secure payments from the state’s Department of Health Services through its Medi-Cal program, Chan and his co-accused allegedly used the provider number of a licensed doctor they had hired, submitting claims for services not actually provided by the doctor amounting to $517,000.

When the doctor deactivated her provider number, Chan and his cohorts allegedly opened another clinic, Evergreen Medical Clinic, in the same city in March 1997.

They hired another doctor, whose provider number they again allegedly used to make fraudulent claims of $1.7 million.

When this con was discovered, Chan allegedly put up West Coast Intermed Management where he again hired a licensed doctor to obtain his Medi-Cal provider number and use it to receive payments for fabricated patient charts in the total amount of $900,000.

When the fraud was discovered in 1999, charges were filed against Chan and his co-accused. While Chan hid out in the Philippines, one of his co-accused, Chan Annilie Arcangel Ferrer, pleaded guilty in California and was sentenced to five years in state prison.

Chan is being held at the NBI jail pending his extradition to the United States to face the charges filed against him in the Superior Court of California.

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  • rodger66

    kung si Llamas kumander ng Akbayan ay nakapasok sa Malacaniang si Eric pa kaya ???

  • Abelardo Marso

    Dapat si Cong.Franny Ereguel ng La Union ang isunod ng NBI dahil may kaso din yan sa Amerika na tinakbuhan kaya hindi maka pasyal sa California para umatin ng Agooenian’s affair of San Jose,Ca.

  • Anonymous

    If Pinoys defrauded Medicare in the US, how much more if US will allow Medicare coverage in the PHL? From what I read, one of Pnoy’s agenda when he visits the US sometime this year is to ask Obama to allow Medicare coverage to the Fil/Am retirees living in the PHL.

  • Anonymous

    how did he get into the AFP? Is that how easy it is?

    • Defen Dior Pen

      joining the AFP was not easy as what we thought,,,,,,,,we can consider some instances why this wanted dr.have been commissioned…. still the AFP im sure have taken some actions para mahuli itong si doc wanted…..
      if he had tried to fake himself in other countries such as US,,,how much more here in phil..?

  • Anonymous

    Yung mga Instik talaga oo! Pag may ginawang katarantaduhan, sasabihin Filipino sila. Pero pag may ginawa silang maganda at magaling sa mundo, sasabihin nila Chinese sila! THIS is the real reason why Chinese people are being discriminated against and being persecuted in Indonesia! They are full of crap!

    • Anonymous

      correct. oras na para boycott ang sm sinira na nila ang baguio…

  • Anonymous

    this may create an alert to the AFP to secure the employment process they may have……….
    Intelligence matter may given utilization..

  • Anonymous

    This fraudster must have been successful in selling himself as a stateside physician even perhaps a specialist to the AFP. I wonder what his tract record was in the AFP as a medical practitioner? I hope no soldier was harmed. Any way he will pay for all his crimes when he will be the jail cell’s sweetheart in a maximum penitentiary where he is going to be for the next 10 yrs.

  • Tirador Ngbuwaya

    GRABE !  PAPANONG  NAKAPASOK ITO  SA  AFP ? PApanong nakalusot ito sa background check? I believe President Noynoy should order an investigation in this case. . .Ganyan na ba kaluwag ang pagpasok sa AFP ? BAKA MARAMI NA RING NAKAPASOK NGAYON SA AFP NA MAY MGA PEKENG DIPLOMA ?

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