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Armen Kazarian "Pzo" Pleads Guilty in Medicare Fraud Case


14:29, July 9, 2011

The reputed head of a vast network of Armenian gangsters has pleaded guilty in New York to racketeering charges.

Armen Kazarian entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan on Friday. Kazarian was accused of being the boss of a network of criminals who used bogus health care clinics and other means to try to cheat Medicare out of $163 million.

When the FBI announced the charges in October 2010, they had said that it was the largest fraud by one criminal enterprise in the program's history.

The 47-year-old Glendale, Calif., resident could face up to 20 years in prison.

Kazarian, is alleged to be a "Vor," a term translated as "Thief-in-Law." The term "Vor" refers to a member of a select group of high-level criminals from Russia and the countries that had been part of the former Soviet Union, including Armenia. This is the first time a Vor has ever been charged and arrested for federal racketeering crimes.

Sentencing was scheduled for Oct. 6.


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Comments (6)
1. Greg14:34 - 12 July, 2011
Bul sht... don't forget he had nothin to do with the medicare scam/fraud that they initially arrested him for! That's why the three years he got is still too much, plea bargain he had to take, who wouldn't?
2. Raf20:23 - 12 July, 2011
Greg, how did he get 3 years when it says sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 6
3. suren19:49 - 14 July, 2011
yup he had nothin to do with the fraud the judge took tht off of him and u kill a person u get away with it but u do nothing and get 3 years funny btw he is in vor v zakone and everyone knows and respects him including me
4. aruther22:56 - 14 July, 2011
armen aka pzo is a good person the only thing he did was help people and he has nothing to do with the fraud 3 years is wayy to much free him
5. Karin22:51 - 17 September, 2012
This dousche bag Armo Kazarian did more than just nothing donkey!!
6. Vlad03:01 - 5 October, 2012
@karin funny sit back and say shit with just a Karin name he's coming out in few months and enjoying his life while u sit in back of a computer hatin hmmmmm whose the donkey now
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