Fraud investigators among agencies looking into Downey oncology center

Mar. 16, 2012 by

DOWNEY -  An office responsible for federal medical fraud investigations was among the agencies that served search warrants on a Downey oncology center, an FBI spokeswoman said Friday

The FBI and the Inspector General’ Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday served search warrants at the Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation, a company on the third floor of a medical office building at the Downey Regional Medical Center, 11480 Brookshire Avenue.

The two agencies served warrants at the Downey site and at another of the company’s offices in Long Beach, said Ari Dekofski, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Los Angeles office.

She couldn’t talk more about the case because the search warrant was sealed, she said.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Inspector General’s Office’s primary duty is “to combat fraud and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid, and over 300 other public health and human services programs administered by HHS,” according to the agency’s website

The 75,500-square-foot building is owned by DRMC Properties, according to the Los Angeles County Asssessor’s Office. The building is occupied by several other medical offices not associated with the Oncology Institute.

A woman in the administration office of the Oncology Institute declined to discuss the warrants other than to say it had been a long day.

She politely shook a reporter’s hand but declined to answer questions and did not give her name.

The lead administrator of the Oncology Institute is Hilda Agajanian, according to company records.

The Oncology Institute was founded by Dr. Richy Agajanian, according to press releases put out the the company.

The Medical Board of California has no record of any action against Agajanian. And review websites of the office generally gave the facility high marks.

The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation has locations in Anaheim, Downey, Glendale, La Mirada, Long Beach, Lynwood, Montebello, Torrance, Whittier, and Glendale, according to its website.

 



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