Suspension Activities

California is on the front lines of combating workers’ compensation fraud. The table below details the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s activities to identify and suspend providers from participating system, pursuant to Labor Code §139.21 (a). Those actions include suspension notices, hearing requests and suspension orders.

Providers Suspended Under Labor Code §139.21(a)(1)

Name

Location

Provider Type

Grounds for
Suspension/Documentation   
Notice Issued  

Appealed  

Suspension  

Onubah, Boniface Marina del Rey Neurologist (B) and (C) 1/17/2017 2/17/2017
Arguello, Carlos Chula Vista Durable Medical Equipment Provider (A)* 1/17/2017 2/17/2017
Dahan, Daniel Long Beach Chiropractor (B) and (C) 1/17/2017 2/17/2017
Anderson, Scott Dodd Carmichael Physician (B) and (C) 1/31/2017 3/21/2017
Hamid, Sultan Said Concord Surgeon (B) and (C) 1/31/2017 3/21/2017
Pakdel-Nabati, Touba Mira Loma Chiropractor (A)* 1/31/2017 3/21/2017
Ivar, Alan C. Costa Mesa Chiropractor (A)* 1/17/2017 3/24/2017
Barri, Michael Santa Ana Chiropractor (A)* 1/17/2017 Appealed 4/3/2017
Cohen, Mitchell Fountain Valley Physician (A)* 1/17/2017 Appealed 4/3/2017
Doshi, Tushar Newport Beach Physician (A)* 1/17/2017 Appealed 4/3/2017
Garcia, Julian National City Durable Medical Equipment Provider (A)* 3/15/2017 4/14/2017
Marrujo, Jethro El Centro Interpreter (A)* 3/15/2017 4/14/2017
Beoris, Peter Anthony Montague Physician (B) and (C) 3/15/2017 4/14/2017
Nguyen, Quynam Orange Physician (A)* 3/22/2017 4/25/2017
Drobot, Michael D. Newport Beach Hospital Operator (A)* 3/28/2017 4/28/2017
Martinez, Ruben Marcial Murietta Businessperson (A)* 7/7/2017 Appealed 4/28/2017
Reese, George Mira Loma Chiropractor (A)* 3/28/2017 4/28/2017
Sobol, Phillip Los Angeles Orthopedic Surgeon (A)* 1/17/2017 Appealed 5/4/2017
Heric, Thomas Los Angeles Physician (A)* and (B) 1/17/2017 Appealed 5/4/2017
Severt, Raymond Santa Ana Physician (A)* and (C) 4/3/2017 5/4/2017
Johnson, Kenneth Wayne Taft Physician (A)*, (B) and (C) 4/3/2017 5/4/2017
Howser, Steven Santa Fe Springs Durable Medical Equipment Provider (A)* 4/14/2017 5/15/2017
Drobot, Michael R. Newport Beach Provider of Pharmaceutical Services (A)* 4/14/2017 5/15/2017
Yang, Jason Pasadena Psychiatrist (A)* 1/17/2017 Appealed 6/1/2017
Van Dyck, Neil Sheridan Podiatrist (A)* 5/19/2017 7/7/2017
Rigler, Steven Jay San Diego Chiropractor (A)* 4/14/2017 Appealed 7/27/2017
Iglesias, Fermin Glendale Durable Medical Equipment Provider (A)* 5/15/2017 Appealed 8/2/2017
Gogatz, Robert Murrieta Chiropractor (C) 7/7/2017 8/8/2017
Sayat, Leovigildo Lompoc Physical Therapist (A)* 7/7/2017 8/8/2017
Barkal, Paul San Diego Physician (A)* 7/7/2017 8/8/2017
Martinez, Alexander Kiev El Centro Durable Medical Equipment Provider (A)* 7/7/2017 8/8/2017
Rose, Robert Alva Irvine Physician (A)* 5/3/2017 Appealed 8/14/2017
Campau, Jeffery Yorba Linda Durable Medical Equipment Provider (A)* 8/8/2017 9/8/2017
Chavez, Rafael U. Rancho Cucamonga Physician Assistant (C) 8/18/2017 9/19/2017
Hong, Simon Herlog Medical Clinic Operator (A)* 8/18/2017 9/19/2017
Mirallegro, Landen Yorba Linda Durable Medical Equipment Provider (A)* 8/18/2017 9/19/2017
Wenneker, Wendell Napa Physician (C) 8/18/2017 9/19/2017
Yang, Chi Hong San Gabriel Physician (A)* and (C) 8/18/2017 9/19/2017
Abbassi, Alex Tarzana Physician (C) 9/26/2017 9/26/2017
Khorshad, Abraham Beverly Hills Durable Medical Equipment Provider (A)* 8/25/2017   9/26/2017
Martin, Timothy Benicia Osteopath (B) and (C) 7/7/2017 9/29/2017
Abadir, Maher Modesto Physician (C) 9/1/2017 10/02/2017
Goyena, Danniel Whittier Physical Therapy Assistant (A)* and (C) 9/1/2017 10/02/2017
Hlava, Nicole Palo Alto Physician (C) 9/1/2017 10/02/2017
Sales, Joseff Buena Park Physical Therapist (A)* and (C) 9/1/2017 10/02/2017
Pogosian, Edgar Glendale Durable Medical Equipment Provider (A)* and (B) 9/1/2017 10/02/2017
Balbas, Edward Rancho Cucamonga Physician (A)* 8/8/2017 Appealed 10/30/2017
Lemus, James Commerce Physician (A)* and (B) 8/25/2017 Appealed  
Do, Kevin Sherman Oaks Physician (A)* 8/25/2017 Appealed  
Monroy, Andrew Santa Barbara Physician (C) 9/8/2017 Appealed  
Broomberg, Barry San Diego Physician (A)* and (C) 9/8/2017 10/09/2017
Ordog, Gary Newhall Physician (A)* 9/8/2017 Appealed  
Eroshevich, Khristine Beverly Hills Physician (A)* and (B) 9/8/2017 Appealed  
Brizendine, Robert San Diego Psychologist (C) 9/8/2017   10/09/2017
Albert, Samuel Tustin Psychologist (A)* 9/8/2017   10/09/2017
Geiger, Kenneth Sonoma Physician (C) 9/22/2017   10/22/2017
Anderson, David San Diego Chiropractor (A)* and (B) 9/22/2017   10/22/2017
Taylor, Robert Los Angeles Chiropractor (A)* and (C) 9/22/2017   10/22/2017
Valdez, Candelaria Hemet Provider of Medical Services (A)* and (B) 9/22/2017   10/22/2017
Benzor, Joanne Riverside Physician (A)* and (C) 9/22/2017   10/22/2017
Diaz, Julio Santa Barbara Physician (A)* and (C) 9/22/2017   10/22/2017
Anderson, Mark Woodland Dentist (A)*, (B) and (C) 9/22/2017   10/22/2017
Tabuyo, Jerry San Jacinto Provider of Healthcare Services (A)* and (B) 9/22/2017   10/22/2017
King, Christopher Beverly Hills Businessperson (A)* 9/22/2017   10/22/2017
Hafezi, Farhad Covina Physician (A)* and (C) 9/22/2017 Appealed 11/9/2017
Nelson, Marisa Torrance Provider of Medical Services (A)* 9/29/2017   10/29/2017
Pierce, Dolphus Lemoore Chiropractor (A)* and (C) 9/29/2017   10/29/2017
Songco, Marlon Mendota Provider of Medical Services (A)* 9/29/2017   10/29/2017
Norwood, Raffiel Rosamond Vocational Nurse (A)*, (B) and (C) 9/29/2017   10/29/2017
Pon, David Leesburg, FL Physician (A)*, (B) and (C) 9/29/2017 Appealed  
Tonelli, Randall San Mateo Pharmacist (A)* 9/29/2017   10/29/2017
Bailey, William Richard San Diego Osteopath (A)* and (C) 9/29/2017   10/29/2017
Chang, Helen Yuk Yu Poway Physician (C) 9/29/2017   10/29/2017
Cole, Matthew Newport Beach Physician (A)* and (B) 9/29/2017   10/29/2017
Garrett, Virginia Sarasota, FL Registered Nurse (A)* and (C) 9/29/2017   10/29/2017
Johnson, Bennie Encinitas Osteopath (A)*, (B) and (C) 9/29/2017   10/29/2017
Murphy, James Francis Encinitas Osteopath (A)* and (C) 9/29/2017   10/29/2017
Abaz, Adly Ayad West Covina Physician (C) 10/6/2017   11/6/2017
Deorio, Keith Santa Monica Physician (C) 10/6/2017   11/6/2017
Goodwin, Jeremy Mt. Shasta Physician (C) 10/6/2017   11/6/2017
Hai, Edward Highland Physician (C) 10/6/2017 Appealed 11/17/2017
Moranville, John Lafayette Physician (C) 10/6/2017   11/6/2017
Owens, Christopher San Francisco Physician (C) 10/6/2017   11/6/2017
Palmer, Troy Chino Physician (A)* and (C) 10/6/2017   11/6/2017
Persaud, Harold Westlake, OH Physician (A)* and (C) 10/6/2017   11/6/2017
Randall, Paul Hawaiian Gardens Provider of Medical Services (A)* 10/6/2017   11/6/2017
Sahlolbei, Hossain Blythe Physician (A)* 10/6/2017 Appealed  
Scott, Christopher Palm Springs Nurse (A)* and (C) 10/6/2017   11/6/2017
Struzzo, Joseph Cathedral City Physician (C) 10/6/2017   11/6/2017
Uzun, Guven Marina Del Rey Physician (C) 10/6/2017   11/6/2017
Babu, Sathish Narayanappa BolingBrook, IL Physician (A)* and (C) 10/13/2017   11/13/2017
Chukwudi, Uche Gardena Physician (C) 10/13/2017   11/13/2017
Ekwebelem, Adeline Gardena Durable Medical Equipment Provider (A)* 10/13/2017   11/13/2017
Kim, Victoria Los Angeles Physician (A)* and (C) 10/13/2017   11/13/2017
Wijegunaratne, Sri Jayantha Anaheim Hills Physician (A)* and (C) 10/13/2017   11/13/2017
Onyeabor, Victoria Ontario Durable Medical Equipment Provider (A)* 10/13/2017   11/13/2017
Onyeabor, Godwin Ontario Durable Medical Equipment Provider (A)* 10/13/2017   11/13/2017
Okoye, Charles Carson Physician (A)* and (C) 10/13/2017   11/13/2017
Million, Daria Corona Nurse (A)* and (C) 10/13/2017   11/13/2017
Thyagaraj, Sujan Roswell, NM Physician (C) 9/15/2017   10/16/2017
Singleton, Rhonda Los Angeles Provider of Medical Services (A)* and (B) 9/15/2017   10/16/2017
Min, Byong Chun Florence, CO Provider of Medical Services (A)* 9/15/2017   10/16/2017
Comden, Sacha Santa Monica Physician (C) 10/20/2017   11/20/2017
Haggerty, Margaret Tracy Physician (C) 10/20/2017   11/20/2017
Ohemeng, Augustus Buena Park Physician (A)* and (C) 10/20/2017   11/20/2017
Phillips, Charles Fresno Physician (C) 10/20/2017   11/20/2017
Tarryk, George Long Beach Physician (A)* 10/20/2017   11/20/2017
Abrahams, Ariel Los Angeles Physician (C) 10/27/2017    
Ahn, Sang Los Angeles Provider of Medical Services (A)* 10/27/2017    
Banda, Cesar Fair Oaks Physician (C) 10/27/2017    
Boni, Kiansi Torrance Physician (C) 10/27/2017    
Cham, Daniel Alhambra Physician (A)* and (C) 10/27/2017    
Chidueme, Emmanuel Anaheim Durable Medical Equipment Provider (A)* 10/27/2017    
Ehlinger, Thomas Ojai Physician (C) 10/27/2017    
Flores, John Mission Hills Physician (C) 10/27/2017    
Laing, George Long Beach Provider of Medical Services (A)* 10/27/2017    
Lee, Yeon Los Angeles Provider of Medical Services (A)* 10/27/2017    
Miranda, Emilio Los Angeles Physician (C) 10/27/2017    
Shahinian, Hyrar Los Angeles Physician (C) 10/27/2017    
Silvers, Frederick Los Angeles Physician (C) 10/27/2017    
Trotter, Alfred Chula Vista Physician (C) 10/27/2017    
Bailey, David Loma Linda Physician (C) 11/3/2017    
Choi, Eddie Santa Clarita Physical Therapy (A)* and (C) 11/3/2017    
Clark, Karla Chicago, IL Physician (C) 11/3/2017    
Heikali, Moosa Los Angeles Physician (C) 11/3/2017    
Iturzaeta, Nenita Corona Physician (C) 11/3/2017    
Kim, Hwa Ja Harbor City Registered Nurse (A)* and (C) 11/3/2017    
Kim, Seonweon Arcadia Physical Therapy (A)* and (C) 11/3/2017    
Lee, Won Suk Huntington Park Acupuncturist (A)* and (C) 11/3/2017    
Loftus, Paul Napa Physician (C) 11/3/2017    
McDonnel, James Bakersfield Physician (C) 11/3/2017    
McGroarty, John North Hollywood Physician (C) 11/3/2017    
Mun, Hee Jung Gardena Registered Nurse (A)* and (C) 11/3/2017    
Ruiz, Gonzalo Lamont Physician (A)* and (C) 11/3/2017    
Sreenivasan, Purnima Walnut Creek Physician (C) 11/3/2017    
Thota, Naga El Cajon Physician (A)* and (C) 11/3/2017    
Duer, Adam Sacramento Physician (C) 11/9/2017    
Fujimoto, Allen San Lorenzo Physician (C) 11/9/2017    
Gillespie, John Upland Physician (C) 11/9/2017    
Hechanova, Jonathan Albuquerque, NM Physician (C) 11/9/2017    
Ikuta, Clyde Anaheim Physician (C) 11/9/2017    
Lee, Katherine Eunju Sunland Physician (C) 11/9/2017    
Michel, James Carmel Physician (C) 11/9/2017    
Nguyen, Thanh University Place, WA Physician (C) 11/9/2017    
Tralla, Michael Wheat Ridge, CO Physician (C) 11/9/2017    
Williams, Bryan Scott Chicago, IL Physician (C) 11/9/2017    
Wyatt, Lance Los Angeles Physician (C) 11/9/2017    

 

Labor Code §139.21(a) suspends providers from the system if they:

A. Are convicted of a crime* that involves:

    • fraud or abuse of the Medi-Cal or Medicare program, workers’ compensation system, or any patient;
    • the individual’s medical practice as it pertains to patient care;
    • a financial crime relating to Medi-Cal, Medicare, or the workers’ compensation system;
    • the qualifications, functions, or duties of a provider of services.*

B. Suspension due to fraud or abuse from the federal Medicare or Medicaid programs.
C. Surrender or revocation of the individual’s license, certificate, or approval to provide health care.

*Providers suspended under (A) are also subject to consolidation and dismissal of all pending lien claims. Lien consolidation hearings are posted online.

Providers on the list were issued suspension notices or suspension orders per Labor Code section 139.21(a). The suspension takes effect 30 calendar days after the notice is issued, unless it is appealed.

A suspension means that providers are unable to provide or obtain payment for any treatment, evaluation, or other service related to a workers’ compensation claim.

 

 

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November 2017