South Florida Health Care Providers Plead Guilty in Medicare Fraud Scheme

September 3rd, 2010 by Qui Tam

A physician, clinic owner and a number of clinic nurses pleaded guilty to participating in a large Medicare fraud conspiracy.  Dr. Fred Dweck, Yudel Cayro and others referred numerous Medicare recipients for unnecessary home health care services and charged those services to Medicare. In total, Medicare paid more than $32 million of the $53 million fraudulent claims billed. The clinic owner admitted to receiving kickback from individuals who recruited Medicare recipients, and from owners of Miami home health agencies. Several nurses also pleaded guilty for falsifying patients files of Medicare beneficiaries to make it appear that they qualified for home health care and therapy services. Each of the defendants faces up to 10 years in prison for each conspiracy county to commit health care fraud.

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