Palm Desert Drug Counseling Center Searched By The FBI As Part Of Sweeping Investigation
There were no arrests expected on Tuesday.
The Desert Sun:
FBI Searches Sovereign Health Rehab Center In Palm Desert As Part Of Criminal Case
FBI agents searched the Palm Desert offices of drug counseling center Sovereign Health on Tuesday as part of a criminal investigation that reached into three Southern California counties. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency executed search warrants in Palm Desert, Culver City, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. She declined to comment on the underlying investigation other than to say that it was ongoing and that no arrests were expected Tuesday. (Kelman and Newkirk, 6/13)
Orange County Register:
Federal Agents Search Sovereign Health Rehab In San Clemente, Elsewhere
The recovery industry has come under fire of late for widespread insurance fraud, patient dumping and poor quality of care. Though many legitimate operators remain in the industry, long-time rehab consultants complain that recent changes in federal health care and lack of oversight by state and federal agencies are making it tougher for rehab companies to turn an honest profit. They say “body brokering,” in which drug-addicted patients are wooed to specific rehab centers with promises of cash payments, free health care and luxurious accommodations, has become increasingly common. (Schwebke and Sforza, 6/13)