Corporate Compliance

Miami physician sentenced for Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, April 6, 2011

Fred Dweck, a Miami-area doctor, will serve 24 months in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme that involved several Miami-area home health agencies, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

The judge also ordered Dweck and his co-defendants and co-conspirators to jointly pay $22 million in restitution to CMS.

Dweck was the physician at Courtesy Medical Group, a Miami medical clinic that purported to provide healthcare services to Miami-area residents. According to the DOJ, Dweck admitted that from August 2006 through December 2009, he referred approximately 858 patients through Courtesy Medical Group and other Miami-area clinics for unnecessary home health and therapy services, resulting in more than $37 million being fraudulently billed to the Medicare program.

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