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 In June 2012 Cruz’s medical license was revoked.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Additional details: In June 2012 Cruz’s medical license was revoked by the California State Medical Board.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