LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man pleaded guilty Wednesday to creating fraudulent medical clinics and stealing the identities of doctors to defraud Medicare of up to $13.6 million.

Sherman Oaks resident Eduard Aslanyan, 37, admitted to establishing a series of fraudulent Los Angeles-area clinics to scam the federal medical health insurance provider between March 2007 and September 2008, according to a statement from the Department of Justice on Wednesday.

Aslanyan's complex scheme involved recruiting doctors to sign off on being medical directors for the fraudulent clinics and then recruiting Medicare beneficiaries whose billing information was used for expensive and medically-unnecessary wheelchairs and diagnostic tests, according to the statement.

Aslanyan's co-conspirator, Carolyn Vasquez, has already pleaded guilty to recruiting physicians for the fraudulent clinics.

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