Feds: Alleged Doctor Feel-Good Used Fraudulent AHCCCS Cash to Buy Arabian Horse

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The feds say Dr. Angelo Chirban and his ex-wife used money they scammed from the state health care program to buy an Arabian horse like the one pictured above.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment this morning alleging that a Queen Creek pain management doctor billed the state health care program for patients he never actually saw. The scammed money, the feds say, was used to buy several pricey items, including an Arabian horse.

The indictment also alleges that the doctor's ex-wife used his name to write thousands of prescriptions for various narcotic pain medications.

According to the 130-count indictment, between 2008 and 2010, Marilyn Chirban, the ex-wife of Dr. Angelo Chirban, was working as an administrator in his office. With no medical training, Marilyn Chirban would write patients prescriptions for drugs like methadone, Oxycodone, Morphine, Hydrocodone, and other pain medications. She would sign the scripts with her then-husband's name.

Dr. Chirban, the indictment alleges, knew what his wife was doing, and even helped her do it by leaving prescription pads unsecured at their home and his office. 


After his wife illegally dished out prescriptions, Chirban hired people to fraudulently complete medical charts for patients she'd written prescriptions for.

The couple would then use the fraudulent medical charts to bill Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) as if the patients had actually seen Dr. Chirban, as opposed to having his wife simply write them a prescription.

Between 2006 and 2010, the Chirbans billed the state for 57,431 doctor visits. In reality, the majority of the patients for which Chirban billed the state were seen by nurse practitioners and physicians assistants.

In addition to spending more than $10,000 on the Arabian horse, the couple made other purchases with the fraudulent cash, including a luxury vehicle.

Some of the charges against the Chirbans included in the indictment are health care fraud, conspiracy to illegally distribute a controlled substance, and transactional money laundering.

The Chirbans turned themselves in to U.S. Marshals this morning. They're expected to have an initial appearance in federal court at 3 p.m. today.
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Pamsie14
Pamsie14

I would love an update on the case, are the Chirbans now in prison, where they belong?? Please write a followup to this story and let us know what is going on. The whole family deserves to go down in flames, as they were all involved at one level or another.

charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

The "visit" is about "billing" and many abuse that system...  Won't talk on the phone...yu must come in...Caching!

teknik1200
teknik1200

"Between 2006 and 2010, the Chirbans billed the state for 57,431 doctor visits. In reality, the majority of the patients for which Chirban billed the state were seen by nurse practitioners and physicians assistants."

um, when you go to a pain specialist you never get to talk to the dr outside of the first visit.  they don't like to bother with their patients because the patients might realize the dr has no idea if the next set of injections he's going to give will be effective.  They might not know what is causing the pain, but they will inject first and answer questions never.

this is typical for every "pain specialist" I have seen except for one.

Deniseaz
Deniseaz

i used to go to one of his scam centers , and after about 3 visits , i seen only pill pushing,  and not even a full screening of my issues ,, i do not recall even vitals taken ,, on the very last time i was there , i left them ALL screaming, and even put his daughter on the line , as the entire room of other patients stood and gave me an ovation ... and all over one book ,,, all it took, the staff went apes , and i shut them up, and called thier game ,, i am glad to see the quack and crew go down ,, no more will i ever see a so called PAIN DR ,, all equal pill pushers .......... ohhh and the book that set them off ,, " FINAL EXIT , 3 RD EDITION" all it took 

Nicci
Nicci

I dont know what kind of pain centers you've seen...but I see the Pain Center of AZ and I see a DR EVERY visit! Yes, I can choose to make an appointment with one of the nurse practitioners, however I see an actual Dr that follows my care very closely. I know some of the pain centers out there have different rules they go by, but if you go to a one, they should give you that choice. If they dont, and you arent happy with your care...FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR!

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