Dr. Jay W. Calvert, Plastic Surgeon, Accused (and Cleared) of Unneeded Surgery to Jack Up Insurance Payout

Click here for the update on Dr. Calvert being cleared of wrongdoing and the case against him being dropped.


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The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) is seeking more potential victims of a Newport Beach plastic surgeon accused of performing an unnecessary and harmful medical procedure on a patient so a health insurance company could be over-billed.

Dr. Jay W. Calvert, a popular cosmetic surgeon with offices in Newport Beach and Beverly Hills, could get up to six years and eight months in state prison with a conviction on the charges he faces.

The 45-year-old is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 13 at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach on felony medical insurance fraud, manufacturing documents to support a fraudulent bill and perjury under oath.

The OCDA claims a man went to Calvert's Newport Beach office in 2009 for a rhinoplasty (a.k.a. nose job) and specifically stated he did want any other work done. Calvert is accused of not only performing the nose job but also other unnecessary procedures that caused long-term medical damage to the man.

Calvert allegedly did this so he could overbill the patient's health insurance policy, "manufacturing documents to support the fraudulent charges and overbilling [the patient's] insurance in excess of $40,000," according to the OCDA, which further charges the doctor committed perjury while under oath during civil proceedings in August 2010, when the patient sued Calvert.

Now prosecutors fear there may be other victims and ask anyone who believes that could be them to call Supervising District Attorney Investigator Kathy Tomlinson at 714.648.3667.

Calvert, who received his medical degree from Cornell University, specializes in facial surgery, rhinoplasty, liposuction and body contouring. He's affiliated with Hoag Hospital, the VA hospital in Long Beach and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He's also been involved with the biomedical engineering program at UC Irvine, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the Rhinoplasty Society and the American College of Surgeons. Several online sites that rate physicians give Calvert generally high marks, and his Yelp page includes the following:

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But there are complaints online, especially on The Ripoff Report, which, to be fair, also includes positive responses and claims his office works diligently to resolve disputes with patients.

Some have countered those positive words were planted by Calvert's office. He referred to himself on his blog in May as "a physician who deals with the Internet bringing misinformation to my patients on a constant basis." He hasn't posted there since August.

I could find no complaints or disciplinary actions against Calvert on the California Medical Board website, which is very comprehensive. All I could find there was Calvert's views as an expert in an April 25, 2008, staff report to the board about the confusing regulatory landscape when it comes to spas that perform procedures like laser hair removals.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!

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mmagnana
mmagnana

Calvert, Ordon, Parma and his whole gang are a criminal enterprise and have been committing insurance fraud for years.  They all moved to Beverly Hills and Newport to run their fraud ring and pay for fake reviews. They should all be thrown in jail.  Let's hope the D.A. does it's job and takes down these scumbags.

unerome
unerome

So Matt, what is the upshot of all of this? What happened after the 13 Dec arraignment?

Why doesn't the DA report the findings of bringing him in for questioning.  Did they find anything??? Like if he's not 'guilty' of what the DA was investigating, does the DA report that?

persianmandana
persianmandana

Dr. Jay Calvert is an amazing doctor and he dosen't do it for the money. He is simply perfect at what he does. The accusations are simply false and sad that anyone would want to ruin a good man's reputation. Do not listen to the nonsense and lies. I had my rynoplasty with Dr. Calvert because my first surgeon really messed up my sinus and septim. He did an amazing job back in February and I support him. The DA is wrongfully accusing a ligitimate practice. This is just sad and I will be the first patient to stand on his side and there are many others who support him and his office. I wish people would just leave good people alone and focus on real scam artists....

oclivin
oclivin

I wish him the best of luck! I had to chance of meeting him and he is a wonderful person, doctor, husband, and father! I would hate to see something like this ruin him. Who's to say these patients weren't just being dramatic to get more surgery done. He is very talented and knows what he is doing! Why would he try and rip off insurane companies to have more money? The man is very humble and is pleased with what he has (or so what I observed with him)

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hopefully, the OC District Attorney is not going to DESTROY another person's career, reputation and family.  There have been MANY individuals that have asked the DA to investigate perjury issues and the requests were swept under the rug. 

The DA's office has exhibited a pattern of public grandstanding when charges are filed, then as the criminal case proceeds, the public never hears another word from the DA's office and cases are delayed the normal 3 to 5 years before getting to trial.  The DA will place Dr. Calvert's case on his "Cases in the News" list, then, if evidence is not strong, the case will be removed from the list and Dr. Calvert will be left to rebuild his reputation and life.

Michael Moon
Michael Moon

His patients can be seen wandering the shops of Fashion Island most days of the week.

Kirk Burris
Kirk Burris

Check out almost any dentist . Especially in notth OC .. Talk about uneeded proceders to charge insurance companies..

DaniGirl949
DaniGirl949

The 45-year-old is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 13 -

So is he in Jail, if he is being arraigned?

yayaya
yayaya

@mmagnana  You couldn't be more wrong. Check your resources, Dr. Calvert is an amazing surgeon with all of his moral ethics in check. 

mike90802
mike90802

@Melody Calvert 

Unfortunately Rep. Ken Calvert already tarnished the name with his misadventures one late night in Corona with a prostitute addicted to heroine(see Corona PD police report) a while back and was fortunate the media was focused on Bill Clinton misadventures in Washington at the time. Sorry to see scumbags trash your good name though.  

mike90802
mike90802

@MatthewTCoker @DaniGirl949 

Of course he can afford a good lawyer and doesn't have to be represented by some loser public defender like the rest of us he'll be able to pay with all the money he defrauded from the insurance companies, Medicare or Medicaid  scams LOL

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