Posts Tagged ‘Federal Bureau of Investigation’

Owner of Miami Home Health Company Pleads Guilty in $60 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

August 15, 2012

The owner of a Miami health care agency pleaded guilty this week for his participation in a $60 million home health Medicare fraud scheme, announced the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Rodolfo Nieto Jr., 40, of Miami, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga in the Southern District of Florida to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to receive health care kickbacks. (more…)

CMS Opens Medicare Fraud Command Center

August 7, 2012

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced it would step up its efforts to identify fraud in the nation’s two health care entitlement programs with a new Command Center. (more…)

Study Gives South Florida Poor Score as Place to Grow Older

August 6, 2012
By Sonja Isger, The Palm Beach Post

Who’d have thought South Florida’s sandy beaches and sunny lifestyle could take a back seat in senior appeal to the likes of Provo, Utah, and Madison, Wis.?

But it has — and what’s more, 37 large metro areas are better places to grow old than this piece of paradise, according to a recent study by the Milken Institute in California, which ranked 100 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. Even South Florida’s weather came in a paltry 15th. (more…)

Miami Home Health Agency Owner Pleads Guilty in $42 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

August 3, 2012

The owner and operator of a Miami health care agency pleaded guilty yesterday for his participation in a $42 million home health Medicare fraud scheme, announced the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Eulises Escalona, 43, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joan A. Lenard to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. In addition, as part of his plea agreement, Escalona agreed to forfeit to the government two residential properties and cash proceeds of the fraud contained in several bank accounts.  (more…)

Co-Owner of Houston Home Care Agency Sentenced to 108 Months in Prison for $5.2 Million Fraud Scheme

June 14, 2012

The former co-owner of a Houston-area home health care company was sentenced this week in Houston to 108 months in prison for his participation in a $5.2 million Medicare fraud scheme, announced the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition to his prison sentence, Clifford Ubani, a former co-owner and chief financial officer at Family Healthcare Group, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $4.2 million in restitution jointly and severally with his co-defendants.  In January 2011, Ubani pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay illegal kickbacks to patient recruiters and 16 counts of paying such illegal kickbacks. (more…)

Houston Home Care Nurse Sentenced to 97 Months in Prison for Role in $5.2 Million Fraud Scheme

May 17, 2012

A Houston-area home care nurse was sentenced today for her participation in a $5.2 million Medicare home health fraud scheme, announced the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS).

Ezinne Ubani, the former director of nursing at Family Healthcare Group, a Houston home health agency, was sentenced to 97 months in prison, followed by three years supervised release. Ubani was ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution jointly and severally with her codefendants. Ubani was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and two counts of making false statements following a May 2011 trial. (more…)

Feds Arrest More Than 100 Medicare Fraud Suspects in Florida, Nationwide

May 3, 2012

By publishing announcements about home health fraud, HCAF demonstrates its commitment to honest providers throughout the state by shining a spotlight on the dishonest providers, eager to provide hope and validation to the good and send a message to the bad actors that their days are numbered.

By Jay Weaver, The Miami Herald

If you thought Medicare fraud had faded as a crime, think again.

Consider these robust numbers: On Wednesday, the feds charged 107 suspects with submitting $452 million in false bills to Medicare in seven U.S. cities. In Miami alone, 59 of those defendants were accused of trying to steal $137 million from the taxpayer-funded healthcare program. (more…)

Three Operators of Miami Home Health Agency Sentenced in $60 Million Fraud Scheme

April 26, 2012

By publishing announcements about home health fraud, HCAF demonstrates its commitment to honest providers throughout the state by shining a spotlight on the dishonest providers, eager to provide hope and validation to the good and send a message to the bad actors that their days are numbered.

Three operators of a Miami health care agency were sentenced today to 120, 87 and 87 months in prison, respectively, for their participation in a $60 million home health Medicare fraud scheme, announced the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services. (more…)

Two Owners and Two Employees of Miami Home Health Agency Plead Guilty in $20 Million Fraud Scheme

April 3, 2012

By publishing announcements about home health fraud, HCAF demonstrates its commitment to honest providers throughout the state by shining a spotlight on the dishonest providers, eager to provide hope and validation to the good and send a message to the bad actors that their days are numbered.

WASHINGTON – Two owners and two employees of a Miami home health care agency pleaded guilty for their participation in a $20 million Medicare fraud scheme involving false billings for home health care services, announced the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services. (more…)

Owner and Employee of Miami Home Health Agency Plead Guilty in $22 Million Fraud Scheme

January 27, 2012

By publishing announcements about home health fraud, HCAF demonstrates its commitment to honest providers throughout the state by shining a spotlight on the dishonest providers, eager to provide hope and validation to the good and send a message to the bad actors that their days are numbered.

The owner and an employee of a Miami health care agency pleaded guilty for their participation in a $22 million home health Medicare fraud scheme, the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services announced today. (more…)