NEW YORK (AP) — A man authorities say headed 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 phantom health care clinics and other means to try to cheat Medicare out of $163 million. U.S. authorities said when they announced the charges that it was the largest fraud by one criminal enterprise in the program’s history.

The 47-year-old Glendale resident could face up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 6.

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Comments (13)
  1. Jack says:

    Deport that illegal back to Mexico!

  2. Lenny Fisher says:

    WOW to Mexico? He is Armenian moron

  3. truth says:

    Armenians are all scammers… its the only ethnic group that raises crooks from cradle to grave… Drain on america

  4. Youreanidiot says:

    yeah man, you’re right. Every single one of them. Just like every Latino is an illegal from mexico.

  5. Sage Advice says:

    Deport that illegal to Boyle Heights, CA!

  6. Arm_POWER says:

    He had the balls to do it in United states …. does anyone of u have balls to go do it in Armenia??

  7. my friend says:

    thnxs! for taking your time,in thinking about me ViVA MeXico!1!!!

  8. Michael J. McDermott says:

    If you have balls, you don’t want to go to Armenia.
    Same with brains.

  9. Michael J. McDermott says:

    P.S. What is it about Armenians pretending to be BAD GANGSTERS anyway?

  10. Michael J. McDermott says:

    Wait, I forgot… Too much television. They don’t have televisions in Armenia. Remember? They’re too poor. That’s why they need to come to America and get the generous American’s welfare and everything else it gives them. Armen Armenian.

  11. junior says:

    To sage advice and jack they should deport both of you idiots back to stupid town bunch of simpleton idiots can you say hi were idiots

  12. HollywoodSaint says:

    the armo john gotti

  13. Michael J. McDermott says:

    WOW! I’m impressed.

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