Sacramento area neurosurgeon charged with insurance fraud and theft in $500,000 scheme
News: 2019 Press Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Dr. Laura Anderson, 64, a neurosurgeon from Carmichael, has been charged with multiple counts of medical insurance fraud, workers’ compensation fraud, and grand theft after allegedly submitting over $500,000 in fraudulent medical services reimbursement claims to the State Compensation Insurance Fund.
Dr. Anderson was arrested yesterday and booked on these charges at the Sacramento County Jail. She was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in Sacramento County Superior Court Department 8 on April 18, 2019, for her arraignment.
“My department is committed to investigating fraud and working with our law enforcement partners to ensure California consumers and insurers are protected,” said Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. “Medical insurance fraud drives up the cost of health care when insurers pass the losses along to consumers in the form of higher premiums.”
From 2013 to 2018, Dr. Anderson allegedly orchestrated a fraudulent scheme of billing the State Compensation Insurance Fund for medical services she never provided her patients and “upcoding” of bills to illegally obtain a greater payout from the insurer.
The case was investigated by the Northern Impact Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud Task Force comprised of investigators and attorneys from the California Department of Insurance, El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, Nevada County District Attorney’s Office, Placer County District Attorney’s Office, Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, and the Franchise Tax Board.
A Deputy District Attorney from El Dorado County has been cross-designated to prosecute the case in Sacramento County, where it has been filed.
Led by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the California Department of Insurance is the consumer protection agency for the nation's largest insurance marketplace and safeguards all of the state’s consumers by fairly regulating the insurance industry. Under the Commissioner’s direction, the Department uses its authority to protect Californians from insurance rates that are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory, oversee insurer solvency to pay claims, set standards for agents and broker licensing, perform market conduct reviews of insurance companies, resolve consumer complaints, and investigate and prosecute insurance fraud. Consumers are urged to call 1-800-927-4357 with any questions or contact us at www.insurance.ca.gov via webform or online chat. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.