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A physician licensed in Puerto Rico and who was practicing medicine in Miami has been charged in a 16-count indictment for his alleged participation in a multi-faceted $20 million health care fraud scheme involving the submission of false and fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid and the illegal distribution of oxycodone and other controlled substances.
Mildrey Gonzalez, 61, of Miami, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of health care fraud before U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez of the Southern District of Florida. Milka Alfaro, 40, also of Miami, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud before Judge Martinez.
A federal jury in Houston this week convicted an unlicensed medical professional who was posing as a physician for his participation in a $1.3 million Medicare fraud scheme.
It didnít take long for a federal jury to convict the final defendant of 12 involved in a conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks relating to the Medicare program. The jury deliberated for just four hours following a three-day trial before convicting Cheryl Waller, 70, of Houston, on one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks and one count of receiving kickbacks.
The unsealing Friday (March 3) of a federal indictment has led to the arrest of five people and the issuance of a fugitive warrant for a sixth person in connection with a mullti-million dollar healthcare fraud scheme. Additionally, federal authorities have filed a civil lawsuit against City Medical Associates, a Bayside, NY-based business allegedly used as part of the fraudulent enterprise, seeking treble damages and civil penalties under the False Claims Act.
A federal jury in McAllen, TX has convicted the owner of an area durable medical equipment (DME) company on all counts for her scheme to defraud Texas Medicaid through fraudulent billings. The jury deliberated for six hours following a seven-day trial before convicting Maria Garza, 41, of McAllen, on all 18 counts as charged.
The administrator of a Miami-area home health agency has been sentenced to 10Ĺ years in prison for his role in a $2.5 million Medicare fraud scheme.
A 49-year-old Florida man has been arrested in Miramar, FL, following the return of a 12-count indictment against him by a grand jury in the Southern District of Florida. Claude Shaw, a.k.a. Mac and Claude Mac, a U.S. citizen residing in Florida, is charged with two counts of mail fraud and 10-counts of wire fraud in connection with a fraudulent lottery scheme tied to Jamaica.
A San Pablo, CA resident has been sentenced to serve ≠≠12 years in prison for filing tax returns using the identities of deceased individuals and stealing social security and refund checks destined for other individuals.
Three Nigerian nationals, who in July 2015 were extradited from South Africa to the Southern District of Mississippi, have been convicted by a federal jury for their wide-ranging Internet fraud schemes. The convictions come in the wake of new legislation being pushed by Senate Aging Committee Chair Susan Collins aimed at protecting seniors from the type of fraudulent schemes perpetrated by the three convicted Nigerians.
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