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Prosecutors: No Proof of Losses in Spinal Kickback Scheme

By Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)

Friday, December 22, 2017 | 1739 | 2 | 52 min read

For the second time this month, federal prosecutors said they would not seek restitution from a defendant who admitted to paying kickbacks to providers who referred patients to specific hospitals in Southern California for spinal surgeries, as there is no evidence that the illicit payments resulted in demonstrable losses. There is no proof the kickbacks resulted in unnecessary surgeries, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a motion Monday to cancel Paul Randall’s restitution hearing. Furthermore, there is no evidence showing a difference between the amount paid for surgeries in cas...

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