A Hialeah patient recruiter was sentenced to over 7 years in Federal prison for allegedly referring Medicare claims by way of illegal kickbacks.
The 50-year-old woman was convicted after a trial in February of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to receive health care kickbacks and four counts of receiving health care kickbacks.
Prosecutors say between early 2012 and the fall of 2013 the defendant received illegal payments for referring Medicare beneficiaries to a handful of home health care providers in the South Florida region.
Per investigators, the conspiracy for which the defendant was convicted prompted Medicare to pay out over $1.6 million in payments to the home health care providers involved. They also say the defendant reaped significant rewards herself, claiming her take from the practice was at least $710,000.
The defendant was sentenced to 87 months in Federal prison by U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn of the Southern District of Florida. Charges against her were brought after an investigation by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is a team of agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. Over the past dozen years the Strike Force has charged almost 4,000 defendants with allegations of Medicare fraud totaling over $14 billion.
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