Sunday, January 1, 2006

Health Care Fraud Defendants Sentenced

Two defendants charged with health care fraud related to a scheme to submit false billings to Medicare for durable medical equipment received sentences of 50 and 34 months on Dec. 30. Virgilio Miranda and Lazaro Martinez received the sentences for their role in a scheme described in a press release (here) issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida as "involving two Miami durable medical equipment (DME) companies, AID Medical Equipment, Inc. and Progressive Services, Inc., both of which were alleged to have been placed into ownership under [Lemay] Chang’s name to conceal the involvement of others, including Miranda and Martinez, in the scheme, which involved the submission of approximately $3 million in Medicare claims."  Miranda and Martinez also pled guilty to conspiracy to tamper with a witness when they tried to persuade Chang to leave the U.S. after he received a grand jury subpoena and delivered a $70,000 cash payment to him.  Chang received a 16-month sentence in an earlier proceeding, and the defendants were ordered to pay $2.66 million in restitution. (ph)

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