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Hollywood Clinic Owner Sentenced To 78 Months In Federal Prison For Allegedly Defrauding Medicare Of $1.2 Million


A Hollywood, Florida man will spend 6-1/2 years in Federal prison after being convicted of allegedly defrauding Medicare of $2.2 million.

Per the 51-year-old defendant's admission in conjunction with the plea agreement, he submitted $1.2 million in false claims to Medicare via his pain management company based upon services that were never rendered by a doctor working at his firm.

In addition, when Florida law was amended in 2010 to prohibit pain clinics from dispensing controlled substances themselves, the defendant allegedly claimed to transfer ownership to a pharmacy he also owned to a relative in order to skirt the new prohibition. However, according to investigators the doctor at his clinic continued to prescribe painkillers that the pharmacy filled, and the prescriptions written were for doses well in excess of therapeutic levels. Per the defendant's admissions at trial, he was fully aware that the doctor at his clinic was prescribing pain medicine in medically-inappropriate levels to patients he frequently never examined.

The defendant ultimately admitted to submitting $1.2 million in false claims to Medicare for pain management services, and his pharmacy allegedly received an additional $1 million in reimbursement for drugs that were not eligible for such reimbursements.

Last week the defendant was sentenced to 78 months in Federal prison on one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He will also serve 3 years of supervised release after his incarceration is over, and he will be forced to forfeit $1.4 million in illegally-obtained funds.

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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