Still, Oliver said he didn't have any concerns about returning to work for Immaculate Care's other office in Riverside County.
In a January interview, he said Imakavar still was running the show there. I don't think he's running a scam." Oliver's own work at Immaculate Care caught the attention of a Riverside County investigator.
State officials recently suspended 16 of the 19 clinics he oversaw as part of an anti-fraud crackdown, prompted by a yearlong investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN. county audit finds oversight failures "I'd hate to think that they go after these people because they want to get me," Oliver said following the suspensions. I haven't done anything wrong." The CIR and CNN investigation found widespread scamming and ineffective government oversight in California's rehabilitation system for the poor, called Drug Medi-Cal and paid for with a combination of state and federal Medicaid dollars.
Most of the cases have been referred to the state Department of Justice. CIR: Medi-Cal director apologizes for 'systematic' failures The 16 suspended clinics Oliver served over the past year reaped more than million in public funds, according to Los Angeles County records.
Three pleaded no contest and the clinic's director pleaded not guilty.One client told investigators that she didn't have an addiction but went to counseling for the the clinic gave her.Anyone with a blue-and-white Medi-Cal card would be admitted, another said.He said even "a brick can undergo counseling." "No, I don't see them. "Nothing's being done to cause them bodily harm." Dr.Jeffery Wilkins, president of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, said meeting with patients is crucial to understanding and helping them. "But my duty is not the policeman." Criminal prosecutions and years of damning audits targeting clinics where Oliver was the medical director show he has approved many services that turned out to be shams.The Medical Board of California accused one rehab clinic doctor in Burbank of overprescribing drugs at his private practice, giving large amounts of Vicodin to a woman addicted to the popular painkiller.