A pair of Miami men await sentencing after pleading guilty to charges of health care fraud in federal court last week after prosecutors say the duo defrauded Medicare of $8.6 million.
Federal investigators say that one of the men owned a home health agency operating in the Miami area, while the other is a licensed massage therapist. They say the duo tendered illegal kickbacks and bribes to other medical professionals in exchange for referring Medicare beneficiaries to his practice.
Per investigators, the owner of the home health care service arranged for the massage therapist to administer services to patients she was not licensed to perform, and he billed Medicare for those services. Both individuals were indicted on these allegations in June.
The two defendants pled guilty in the chambers of U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez of the Southern District of Florida to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud apiece.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is a collaboration between the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) and the Department of Justice. To date, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has charged almost 4,000 defendants for allegedly fraudulently charging over $14 billion to Medicare.
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