Monday, December 25, 2006
The jury returned a verdict convicting Dr. Luis Jacinto Marti of one count of conspiracy to defraud and fifteen counts of health care fraud. The verdict related to Medicaid claims in "2000-01 for payment for expensive drugs used to treat AIDS and HIV patients." A press release of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida states:
"The evidence at trial showed that various, expensive blood-based immune globulins were fraudulently prescribed by Marti and dispensed at a local pharmacy. The evidence showed that there was no medical need for the medications. The pharmacy that dispensed the drugs billed the Florida Medicaid program for the cost of the medications, which were never delivered to the Medicaid patients and were instead fraudulently diverted for illegal resale."
The initial indictment included charges against others, including another Florida-licensed physician. These individuals plead guilty to the scheme before Marti's trial, and like Marti now await sentencing.