Two Medicare Beneficiaries Found Guilty Of Soliciting Kickbacks In Home Health Care Case

medicare fraudA federal jury this week found two Medicare home health patients, Rene Suarez-Basanta, 67, and Marta Gonzalez, 67, guilty of charges related to Medicare fraud. Suarez-Basanta and Gonzalez were paid kickbacks by Safe Home Health Care, a home health agency in Miami, to obtain Medicare beneficiaries for home health services, mostly physical therapy. Conspirators at Safe Home Health Care used the beneficiary information to bill Medicare.

Defendants Suarez-Basanta and Gonzalez were convicted of conspiring to pay and receive kickbacks. Defendant Gonzalez was also convicted of two additional counts for soliciting and accepting kickbacks in exchange for serving as a patient of Safe Home Health Care, and having her parents serve as patients of Safe Home.

In total, nine defendants have been convicted of paying and receiving health care kickbacks in this investigation. Defendants Suarez-Basanta and Gonzalez are scheduled to be sentenced on May 25, 2013, at 10:00am before United States District Judge Ursula Ungaro, in Miami.

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