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Brothers plead guilty in San Fernando Valley based conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and other narcotics

Two San Fernando Valley brothers pleaded guilty Monday, April 15, to federal conspiracy charges for their roles in a scheme that used sham “pop-up” medical clinics to divert millions of prescription pills —including oxycodone and other addictive narcotics — to the black market.

Minas “Maserati Mike” Matosyan, 38, of Encino, and Hayk Matosyan, 32, of Granada Hills, are scheduled to be sentenced July 15 in federal court in Los Angeles. Each defendant faces up to 20 years behind bars on the count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said the elder Matosyan ran the operation by hiring corrupt doctors who allowed conspirators to issue fraudulent prescriptions under their names in exchange for kickbacks. Hayk Matosyan acted as a courier, helping deliver fraudulent prescriptions and “bulk quantities” of narcotic pills, federal prosecutors said.

Another man who had been charged with taking part in the drug trafficking conspiracy by trafficking narcotics, Ralph Manning, 53, of North Hills, pleaded guilty in March.

Members of the conspiracy profited from illicit prescriptions that were issued without any legitimate medical purpose through a series of clinics that periodically opened and closed in a “nomadic” style, according to the indictment returned in summer 2017 against the Matosyans and 11 others —including Glendale-based criminal defense attorney Fred Minassian.

A September trial date is set for most of the remaining defendants.

The phony prescriptions allowed the conspirators to obtain bulk quantities of prescription drugs that were sold on the street, according to the indictment. The defendants are charged with such crimes as conspiracy and obstruction of justice for allegedly creating fraudulent medical records in an effort to deter the investigation.

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