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US to extradite Filipino doctor accused of defrauding medical insurance


CARSON—A former Carson-based  Filipino doctor, accused of defrauding a California health care program of more than $3 million, is set to be extradited to the US to face charges, reports the Associated Press.

The US Government has filed extradition papers to the Philippine authorities for Dr. Eric Chan, also known as Eric Uy Garchitorena. National Bureau of Investigation officers arrested Chan inside a military camp in metropolitan Manila. Chan is a medical corp reservist of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the AP reports.

NBI official Claro de Castro Jr. said Chan fled the US to evade arrest and prosecution for cases including grand theft before the Los Angeles Superior Court.

He said Chan is alleged to have collected payments over $3 million from California’s Medi-Cal program by presenting false medical claims.

According to other reports from the Philippines, Chan (who operates a medical clinic in Carson) would hire doctors and use their provider number in order to bill Medi-Cal payments for non-existent services.

He is also alleged to have directed medical assistants to fabricate medical charts of patients.

It is believed that Chan has been on the run since 2000. Joseph Pimentel/AJPress


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Tags: Crime , Eric Uy Garchitorena , Fraud , Health , Medi-Cal , Medical Insurance

  • Anonymous

    Yari ka Dr. Eric Chan alias LT COL Eric Garchitorena MC AFP. Anyway o.k. naman ang mapreso dito sa North America, libre lahat, pati uniporme at balanced diet ang kain mo plus free board and lodging.

  • Anonymous

    The US penitentiary is where he belongs, where a cell full of sexually deprived inmates will be happy to embrace him, not the AFP where he could have been a General in no time.

  • Anonymous

    What has gotten into these Filipino doctors’ heads?  One doctor was recently extradited to the US for medicare fraud and now comes another one who had been convicted of the same offense, being deported to  the Philippines. A husband-and-wife team of cosmetic docs were recently sentenced to 3-year probation and fine for practicing without license. They left the Philippines with the same mentality of greed and avarice that has afflicted some of their colleagues back home. What will Americans think now about Fil-Am docs practicing in the U.S.?

  • Anonymous

    How do they put it: you do the crime, you do the time? Or is it: what goes around, comes around?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NWVMLLUEVODVD4BHGZJ7JH5ANU seekleer

    …so just how could you convince the US legislators to allow Medicare reimbursement for healthcare service/care done in the Philippines when this kind of fraud is much easier to carry out..Heck, Medicare dollars will run out of money in no time if and when US Congress allows Medicare to be reimbursable in the Philippines…



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