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Prosecutors: Fraud by diagnostic services’ CEO led to patients’ deaths

The owner of Alpha Diagnostics, already facing charges for running a scheme to defraud Medicare, now faces life in prison after four patients died because their X-rays were not reviewed by a qualified radiologist, federal prosecutors announced Friday. A superseding indictment against Rafael Chikvashvili, 67, of Baltimore, alleges the X-rays were instead reviewed by employees of the mobile diagnostic services company who failed to detect "congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and a large pelvic mass revealed in the images."

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