Three orthopedic surgeons (David Hobart Payne, Jeffrey David Gross and Lokesh Tantuwaya) have been charged in three separate cases for their roles in alleged kickbacks paid for surgeries performed at now-closed Pacific Hospital. The facts underlying this case were from 2008 to 2013 and this has been a longstanding investigation. The case is pending in the Central District of California in Los Angeles.
All three physicians have plead not guilty. An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.