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Three accused in a healthcare fraud ring arrested in Florida

Compliance Monitor, January 16, 2008

Three men accused of taking part in a healthcare fraud ring were arrested last week in Florida on charges of conspiracy to defraud Medicare and using and trafficking in a counterfeit access device, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

According to the DOJ, Joaquin Alonso, Luis Polanco, and Jose Ramon Alonso Barcelo allegedly billed Medicare for approximately $1,228,857 in diagnostic examination procedures through Prestige Diagnostic Corporation, a diagnostic examination company located in Miami-Dade County. In fact, no diagnostic examinations or any other healthcare benefits were provided as the defendants claimed to Medicare. From March through July 2007, Medicare paid approximately $600,930 to reimburse the allegedly fraudulent claims.

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