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LOS AN­GE­LES—

A fed­eral jury con­victed the owner of a med­i­cal clinic of health­care fraud and money laun­der­ing for billing Medi­care more than $3.4 mil­lion in the names of four physi­cians whose iden­ti­ties were stolen, the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice an­nounced. Pros­e­cu­tors al­leged Manuk Kara­petyan, 46, sub­mit­ted thou­sands of claims for more than 800 pa­tients sup­pos­edly treated at a nonex­is­tent clinic, USA In­de­pen­dent Med­i­cal Corp. Medi­care paid Kara­petyan $566,000 by the time the fraud was dis­cov­ered, and he wired tens of thou­sands to ac­counts in his home coun­try of Ar­me­nia, the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice said in a news release. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was trig­gered when the peo­ple listed as pa­tients on the claims re­ceived per­plex­ing state­ments from Medi­care and com­plained to their doc­tors and Medi­care. Kara­petyan, who has been in cus­tody since April 2009, faces a max­i­mum sen­tence of 320 years in prison and is sched­uled to be sen­tenced June 21.

CHAN­DLER, Ariz.—

Chan­dler Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter un­veiled a $135 mil­lion ex­pan­sion project to ex­pand its car­diac catheter­i­za­tion lab­o­ra­tory and add a fivestory pa­tient tower. The $125 mil­lion tower will add 100 beds and 30 in­ten­sive-care rooms to the 224-bed hospi­tal. The Catholic Health­care West-owned hospi­tal will also ex­pand emer­gency and med­i­cal sur­gi­cal ser­vices and add six op­er­at­ing rooms as part of the project. Construction on the tower is ex­pected to fin­ish in July 2012. Ex­pan­sion of the car­diac catheter­i­za­tion lab­o­ra­tory ex­pan­sion is ex­pected to cost $9.9 mil­lion and fin­ish in July 2011.

OAK­LAND, Calif.—

The Na­tional La­bor Re­la­tions Board has cleared the way for union elec­tions at more than 30 health­care fa­cil­i­ties in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, while with­hold­ing judg­ment on re­quests

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