Corporate Compliance

Miami clinic owner sentenced to nine years in prison

Compliance Monitor, December 5, 2007

Raul Rodriguez was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in a $6,400,000 healthcare fraud scheme, and was also ordered to pay $6,486,017 in restitution.

Rodriguez and 11 other co-defendants allegedly defrauded Medicare through various durable medical equipment companies and HIV clinics in Miami, according to a release from the Department of Justice. The group operated Coral Way Professional Health Services, an HIV clinic, and allegedly recruited and then paid patients to attend the clinic. The defendants submitted more than $12.5 million in false claims for expensive HIV medications and related medical equipment.

At Rodriguez's sentencing, the government said Rodriquez lived a plentiful lifestyle while endangering patients' lives giving them saline solution drawn from medicine bottles instead of real medication.

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