Zink said Gumer had $500,000 in gambling debts and had not paid any taxes for years when he was working for Hollywood Pavilion. “He was a weak man,” Zink said, “who was willing to sell his license for money.”
The prosecutor described Humes as a career criminal who was paid more than $400,000 by Hollywood Pavilion’s CEO, Kallen-Zury, for purported “marketing services” to the company. Zink called that contract a “cover-up.”
“She knew it was a crime,” Zink said. “She paid for it, and she admitted it.”
On the witness stand, Kallen-Zury testified about her company’s relationship with Humes and other patient recruiters: “Referrals were my business,” Kallen-Zury said.
Her defense attorney, Michael Pasano, argued that she believed she was following Medicare policy and that her company’s payments to Humes and others were lawful.
Pasano described his client as a hard-working woman who took over the 40-year-old Hollywood Pavilion business from her father, and has lived an honorable life catering to women and men with psychological illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.
In closing, Zink told the jurors a starkly different story, saying that Kallen-Zury and the other defendants exploited vulnerable patients who did not qualify for or actually need psychotherapy treatments under Medicare. As a result, Medicare, a program built on trust, was fleeced for millions, he said.
“That was Medicare’s problem,” said Zink, who handled the case with prosecutor Andrew Warren. “It trusted Karen Kallen-Zury; it trusted Daisy Miller; it trusted Christian Coloma; and it trusted Michele Petrie.
“The defendants betrayed that trust.”