Imaging firm owner faces life sentence for fraud that led to two patient deaths

The owner of a imaging firm is looking at a possible life sentence after being convicted of a fraud scheme in which he instructed unqualified employees to read diagnostic images, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Rafael Chikvashvili, owner of Alpha Diagnostics LLC, a portable diagnostics imaging company that serviced nursing home patients in Maryland and surrounding states, was convicted of two counts of fraud resulting in death after he instructed employees without a medical license to read X-rays, ultrasounds and cardiologic exams. Employees failed detect congestive heart failure in chest X-rays of two different patients, and both patients died days after the missed diagnosis. Article