Beverly Hills doctor and CEO conspire to commit health care disability fraud
News: 2015 Press Release
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -Today, detectives from the California Department of Insurance (CDI) arrested Los Angeles Doctor Glenn Neil Ledesma, 63, owner of California Dermatology Center, Inc. CEO Jonathan Ledesma, 49, Glenn Ledesma's adopted son, was also arrested. Both are charged with multiple felony counts of health care disability fraud for presenting false claims. The suspects allegedly collected disability benefits totaling more than $1.8 million while continuing to work and practice medicine.
"The Ledesmas knew it was illegal to file for and collect disability benefits while still working," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Their criminal activity is part of the health insurance fraud epidemic that totals billions of dollars annually and results in higher premiums for all consumers."
Dr. Ledesma first submitted a disability claim in 1997 stating he was unable to treat patients due to his medical condition. His insurer told him he could receive disability benefits while running his corporation, but was not allowed to treat patients or practice medicine. In 2008, Dr. Ledesma continued collecting disability payments while resuming his medical practice and treating patients. From 2008 to 2013, he treated more than 2,900 patients while simultaneously collecting $1,605,464 in disability benefits.
In 2008, Jonathan Ledesma filed a disability claim with UNUM Life Insurance Company of America indicating he was also unable to work due to medical reasons. He denied knowing Dr. Glenn Ledesma even though he listed the doctor as his employer and investigators discovered Jonathan Ledesma was in fact the CEO of one of eight of Dr. Ledesma's medical corporations, California Dermatology Center, Inc and his adopted son. From 2010 to 2013, Jonathan Ledesma collected more than $200,000 in disability benefits while performing administrative duties as CEO.
Both suspects have been arrested and booked into the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles. Bail is set at $50,000 for each and they may face 20 years in state prison if convicted on all counts. This case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
- Doctor Glenn Neil Ledesma's arrest photo. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ca_dept_insurance/16244816324/
- Jonathan Ledesma's arrest photo. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ca_dept_insurance/16841318166/
- In 2010, UNUM insurance learned that Dr. Ledesma had created eight medical corporations since 2003 and was the President and Chief Operations Officer of each. CDI investigators uncovered that Dr. Ledesma's corporations were involved in civil lawsuits with major health care insurance plans and he was treating patients the entire time he was claiming disability.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $289 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $394 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.