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Another Miami HIV infusion clinic owner sentenced for Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, November 19, 2008

Nayda Freire, owner of Global Med-Care Corp. Inc., became the latest conspirator sentenced by a federal judge as part of a massive HIV infusion scheme in South Florida. Freire will serve 30 months in prison and pay $7.9 million for her involvement in defrauding Medicare, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
 
Freire admitted she and her co-conspirators filed $10.9 million in false claims to Medicare for HIV infusions that were not medically necessary or never administered. Feire and her co-conspirators paid cash kickbacks to patients who agreed to participate in the scheme, according to the press release.
 
The indictment alleged the true owners of the clinic were Carlos and Luis Benitez, who were indicted by a federal jury in June for healthcare fraud and money laundering. The Benitez brothers along with Thomas McKenzie allegedly organized an HIV infusion scheme that defrauded Medicare for approximately $119 million.
 
Federal authorities charged McKenzie separately and he pleaded guilty to the charges in September. The Benitez brothers remain at large.
 
To read the DOJ press release click here

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