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Miami Woman Sentenced To 46 Months In Federal Prison For Medicare Fraud

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A Miami woman who Federal prosecutors say committed $1.36 million in health care fraud was sentenced to almost four years in Federal prison last month.

According to prosecutors, the 55-year-old woman accepted kickbacks for recruiting and referring patients who were Medicare beneficiaries for a quintet of Miami businesses who posed as home health care providers.

Investigators say the businesses paid her from the summer of 2011 through the fall of 2014 to recruit patients for whom they submitted claims for home health care services that were unnecessary, did not actually qualify for reimbursement, and/or were never provided.

In her guilty plea, the woman admitted to making false or fraudulent claims totaling $1.36 million over the course of her alleged activities. Her plea of guilt to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, which was made in October in the chambers of U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore of the Southern District of Florida, led to her sentencing last month to 46 months in federal prison without parole. She was also sentenced to pay $1,366,317.59 in restitution and to forfeit $512,806.05.

Charges against the woman were brought by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is a team composed of members of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Over the course of a dozen years the Strike Force has charged almost 4,000 defendants who have collectively allegedly committed over $14 billion in health care fraud.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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