A Port of Long Beach dockworker has pleaded guilty for taking part in a fraudulent plan to bill his labor union’s insurance to pay for sexual services, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California revealed Jan. 10.
Cameron Rahm, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, the attorney’s office said.
U.S. District Judge Stanley Blumenfeld Jr. has set a sentencing hearing on April 25. Rahm is expected to face a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, according to the attorney’s office.
In his plea agreement, Rahm said he received sexual services from women working at Back to Life Wellness Center LLC and The Chiroman Wellness Center in San Pedro, as well as the Waterfront Wellness Center Inc. in Wilmington.
The businesses offered chiropractic and acupuncture treatment, as well as sexual services.
In exchange for receiving sexual services, Rahm authorized the conspiracy’s leader—Sara Victoria, 46, of San Pedro—to submit false claims to Rahm’s health plan run by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, according to the attorney’s office.
From January 2017 to April 2021, Rahm allowed Victoria to submit to the union’s health plan false claims under his wife’s name, a plan beneficiary. He also asked that Victoria pay him $240 a month in cash for the ability to use his and his wife’s insurance information to submit false claims for reimbursement.
“Victoria, aided and abetted by Rahm, submitted approximately $178,495 in fraudulent claims to the ILWU-PMA plan for services purportedly rendered to Rahm’s wife, for which the plan paid approximately $30,243,” according to the attorney’s office.
Victoria, who pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in December, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 14.
Victoria submitted about $2,110,920 in claims to the union benefit plan, which paid about $551,810, according to the attorney’s office.
Meanwhile, four Long Beach port dockworkers pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and could face up to 10 years in federal prison, the attorney’s office said. They include:
Carson resident Rodolpho Bojorquez, 68; Wilmington resident Cesar Delgadillo, 49; Palmdale resident Joel Lizarraga, 55; and Wilmington resident Simon Ramirez, 50.
Also, three Long Beach port dockworkers pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of theft in connection with health care and face a statutory maximum sentence of one year in federal prison, according to the attorney’s office. They are:
Clifford Hopson, 65, of South Los Angeles; Torrance resident Rogelio Martinez, 53; and San Pedro resident Lawrence Robles, 42.