Miami Patient Recruiter in Medicare Fraud Scheme Sentenced to 3 Years

A patient recruiter for a Miami home health company was sentenced to three years in prison for a scheme in which he billed Medicare for unnecessary services in exchange for kickbacks, the Department of Justice announced Monday. The recruiter, Vladimir Jiminez, will also pay $950,000 in restitution, along with the other co-defendants in the case, which centered on a company called Serendipity. “From approximately January 2006 through March 2009, Serendipity submitted approximately $20 million in claims for home health services that were not medically necessary and/or not provided. Medicare actually paid approximately $14 million for these fraudulent claims.”

Serendipity wasn’t the only home health company behaving badly. Operators of a Louisiana-based home health company were convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and a kickback scheme estimated to add up to $17.1 million. Louis Age, Jr. and Verna Age, who operated South Louisiana Home Health Care Inc. purportedly paid recruiters and doctors to send patients to their company for services they didn’t need.

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