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Medicare Fraud Leads to State Income Tax Charges

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For Immediate Release

02.14.2011

Sacramento – A Van Nuys woman was arraigned February 4 on one charge of state income tax evasion and one charge of state income tax fraud, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

Varduhi S. Voskanyan, 31, is the wife of Vahe Dischian, 36, who is currently in federal custody after being indicted for his role in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Medicare System.

According to FTB special agents, Dischian is the president and chief executive officer of Vanowen Clinical Laboratory in Van Nuys. Dischian allegedly billed Medicare for reimbursement of medical laboratory services that were not performed. He also allegedly failed to file the corporation's 2004 and 2005 income tax returns and report the more than $8 million in reimbursements received from his scheme. The corporation owes the state more than $710,000 in unpaid corporate tax.

The couple allegedly under reported their 2004 personal income by more than $226,000. They owe the state more than $20,700 in unpaid personal income tax. Penalties, interest, and the cost of the investigation will be added to both figures and sought as restitution. Voskanyan was released on her own recognizance.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Amy Suehiro of the Major Fraud Division is prosecuting the case. This is a joint investigation between the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and FTB.

Editor’s Note: FBI October 13, 2010 news release on Vahe Dischian.

For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit: taxes.ca.gov.

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