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Miami Beach Man Convicted Of Defrauding Medicare And Medicaid Of Over $38 Million

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A Miami Beach man was convicted last week for his alleged involvement in a largest health care fraud conspiracy ever prosecuted by the Justice Department.

Federal prosecutors say the 50-year-old man was the leader of a significant conspiracy involved in the commission of health care fraud using a network of assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities in the South Florida area. Beginning in early 1998 and operating for over 8 years, the alleged conspiracy involved bribing doctors to send patients to his facilities, who were then moved around the various facilities while Medicare and Medicaid were billed for unnecessary or undelivered medical services under their names.

Investigators say the facilities were grossly below standard, which he was able to continue to allow by allegedly paying off an employee of the Florida department responsible for regulating such facilities to advise him of unscheduled visits by inspectors.

The defendant allegedly enjoyed significant financial success from the operation, allowing him to purchase a wide variety of luxury goods. In addition, prosecutors say he used a portion of his allegedly ill-gotten gains to bribe the basketball coach of a prominent Ivy League university to assist his child in gaining admission. All told, the defendant allegedly reaped profits in excess of $37 million as a result of the conspiracy.

Last week a federal jury concluded an 8-week trial by delivering guilty verdicts on one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, two counts of receipt of kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program, four counts of payment of kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, nine counts of money laundering, two counts of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, and one count of obstruction of justice. A date for sentencing has yet to be announced.

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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