Dr. Bayardo Cruz pleaded guilty to purchasing imported Mexican IUDs from a company called Universal Services. These devices cost $30 each, a substantial discount from the FDA approved versions, which ranged from $300 – $400 each. Cruz inserted 110 of the black market IUDs in his patients, but continued to bill Medi-Cal for the legitimate ones. He submitted and received $38,000 in fraudulent claims from Medi-Cal. He was sentenced to probation, 150 hours of community service, and restitution in the amount of $38,000. In June 2012 Cruz’s medical license was revoked.

Who: FDA OCI, California Medi-Cal Investigators.

When: May 2009, 2004-2009.

Where:Buena Park, California, U.S.A.

How: California State Medi-Cal Investigation.

Additional details: In June 2012 Cruz’s medical license was revoked by the California State Medical Board.

Related sources:

Doctor Accused of Medi-Cal Fraud ,”Orang County Register. May 3, 2011.

Doctor Loses License Over Unapproved IUDs ,” Orange County Register. July 19, 2012.

Bayardo Cruz, Buena Park Doctor, Has License Revoked After Using Non-FDA Approved IUDs on Patients ,” OC Weekly. July 17, 2012.

Medical Board of California Ruling on Revocation of Beyardo Cruz Medical License ,”Medical Board of California. April 14, 2011.