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rgeted employees from businesses in more than 32 states and covered by PPO insurance plans, as pre-approval from the insurance company would not be a requirement for surgery.

Employees who were involved in this scheme affected more than 1,600 employers. The cappers arranged transportation for the patients, scheduled the surgeries, and coached the healthy patients on what to say. In exchange for undergoing surgery, the "patients" would receive a cash payment, usually between $300 and $1,000 per surgery, or credit toward a free or discounted cosmetic surgery.

The doctors performed many of the surgeries on Saturdays and Sundays. Often, they operated on members of the same household on the same day. Chan is accused of performing procedures on 208 patients, which resulted in more than $9.5 million in insurance billing with more than $1.8 million collected for the unnecessary and fraudulent work.

Rosenberg is accused of performing 646 procedures on 554 patients, which resulted in the fraudulent billing to insurance companies of more than $9 million, for which Unity was paid more than $2.3 million.

Hampton is accused of performing 180 procedures on 178 patients. He primarily performed thoracic sympathectomies, also known as sweaty palms surgeries, which is a highly unusual and dangerous medical procedure. This condition can also be treated with topical creams, medication, and botox. Of the patients that underwent surgery by Hampton, cappers who have already been charged, referred 97 percent. Hampton has been indicted by the federal government for his involvement in a Los Angeles surgery center scheme similar to the Unity Outpatient Surgery Center case.

"We're talking about doctors who were real-life body snatchers," Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas was quoted. "It's unfathomable that a doctor would treat patients as if they were bodies on a medical conveyor belt" for profit.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Rick Welsh, who
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