A patient of Dr. Newport Beach and the “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Jennifer “Jen” Armstrong filed a lawsuit claiming she was treated in Armstrong’s office by a former doctor whose license had been revoked for medical billing fraud.
Terri Litzkow, an Orange County realtor, wedding planner and former Los Angeles Raiders fan, alleges in her suit that Armstrong was wearing Donald Woo Lee perform facelifts for her even though he is not licensed. The lawsuit, filed December 27 in Orange County Superior Court, claims Litzkow received dozens of treatments from Armstrong and Lee between 2017 and January 13, 2021.
Lee is among nearly two dozen Southern California residents indicted in June 2016 in a nationwide health fraud crackdown that federal authorities say involved 301 defendants and $900 million in false bills. He filed his license back with the state Board of Health on October 19, 2019.
Litzkow, according to the lawsuit, experienced pain in her face in 2020 following a lift-only procedure at Armstrong’s Advanced Skincare MedCenter in Newport Beach. She believed a thread had come loose inside and was poking at her skin, so she returned to Armstrong’s office to request a repair work.
ONE thread lifting process is an alternative to surgical removal of loose skin and uses absorbable spiked sutures to lift sagging or wrinkled skin.
“Defendant Dr. Armstrong informed Litzkow that defendant Donald Woo Lee will be treating Litzkow to correct the problem with the thread and alleviate the pain Litzkow is experiencing,” according to the lawsuit. “Dr. Armstrong and her medical corporations have a duty of loyalty and not to engage in any unlawful conduct while treating Litzkow.”
Armstrong did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
Denises works for Armstrong
In a recent phone interview, Lee denied ever being employed by Armstrong, but said he first met her at her former office in Fullerton and trained her in the rhinoplasty procedure. aesthetic only in 2019 and early 2020.
“I went there and taught her how to work out,” Lee said. “I have not done any procedures on patients. She did all that involved.”
Lee said the only work he does is on Armstrong himself, including Botox and thread lifts. “I just did it as a friend. I haven’t worked with any patients yet,” he said, adding that he and Armstrong remain in touch and that she recently told him about her role in “Real Housewives.” of Orange County”.
Lee said he has also supplied Armstrong with cosmetic threads and other products through his Temecula-based company Global Vein Management.
jury Lee was convicted in October 2019 of healthcare fraud for performing unnecessary venipuncture procedures on patients and for repackaging and reusing FDA-approved catheters for use only once.
“In working on his plan to bill Medicare for unnecessary vein ablation procedures, Lee also engaged in ‘coding’ in which he knowingly used the wrong billing code for the procedures. continue to have the vein removed to get a higher reimbursement from Medicare,” according to US Department of Justice.
The DOJ notes that between August 2012 and August 2015 Lee billed Medicare for $12.4 million for varicose vein removal and related procedures and was paid $4.5 million by Medicare. for those procedures.
Lee, who denies the charges against which he was convicted, said his sentencing has been delayed more than a dozen times since March 2020, when he was first scheduled to be convicted. judgment. He is now scheduled to be sentenced January 27 before Judge George H. Wu in US District Court in Los Angeles.
Discipline in the past
Even before giving up his license to practice, Lee was disciplined by the Medical Board for other issues. At the time of his license being revoked, Lee had been on probation since 2017 for repeated negligent acts, alteration of medical records and dishonesty involving two elderly patients.
And in 2012, Lee was put on six-year probation and ordered to complete a six-month ethics course after forging an X-ray license for his Temecula business, Prime Partners Medical Group, which he He is the owner, the chairman and the chief executive officer.
Health Commission spokesman Carlos Villatoro said the terms of probation from 2012 and 2017 overlap and therefore were applied concurrently at the time Lee gave up his license to practice.
Lee earned his medical degree in 1994 from the University of St. George in the West Indies. He completed his medical residency at UCLA Medical School, Wadsworth VA Medical Center in 1997, according to Medical Council records.
Tired of litigation
Armstrong, who told Southern California News Group in November, “I make women beautiful for a living,” has come under fire in lawsuits in recent years involving everything from judicial proceedings to America is accused of breaking the law cheated her ex almost 850,000 dollars in a funny story about greed and adultery.
Armstrong’s former fiance, Bruce Elieff, is alleged in a 2013 lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court that he gave Armstrong hundreds of thousands of dollars for college, cancer treatment and even even $37,000 to freeze her eggs before she ended their relationship after fathering twins by another man. Armstrong said those allegations were “completely baseless.” She describes the amount of money Elieff earns for her as a gift, according to Radaronline.
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