Corporate Compliance

DME company owners to spend time in prison and pay $1.4 million

Compliance Monitor, November 14, 2007

Four family members have been sentenced to 57 months each in prison for Medicare fraud, involving their Miami Durable Medicare Equipment company and Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilites. Carlos Berenguer, Ivan Aguera, Aristides Berenguer, and Robert Berenguer will also pay $1.4 million in restitution.

Through their companies, the defendants recruited Medicare patients and paid cash to them to participate in schemes to defraud Medicare. This involved submitting false claims for unnecessary oxygen concentrators or aerosol medications.

The aerosol scheme is one of the most common health care fraud schemes in south Florida. In 2006, Medicare paid for over $155 million in aerosol medications, which caused it to be the most common item billed on Medicare Part B.

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