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Philippines arrests doctor in $3M US fraud case

February 14, 2012
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MANILA, Philippines—Philippine government agents have arrested a doctor accused of defrauding a California health care program of more than $3 million.

National Bureau of Investigation official Claro de Castro Jr. said Tuesday that Dr. Eric Chan was apprehended inside a military camp in metropolitan Manila. Chan is a medical corp reservist of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

De Castro says Chan fled the U.S. to evade arrest and prosecution for cases including grand theft before the Los Angeles Superior Court. Clinics he owned allegedly collected payments from California's Medi-Cal program by presenting false medical claims.

Chan, alias Eric Uy Garchitorena, was arrested Saturday based on a warrant issued by a Manila court. He is a subject of an extradition case.

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