Corporate Compliance

Nine Miami defendants sentenced for Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, January 30, 2008

Owners of nine separate Miami-based healthcare corporations have been sentenced to prison for collectively defrauding Medicare of $56.6 million for durable medical equipment (DME) and infusion therapy, according to a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The defendants were sentenced to between 19 and 84 months in prison.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Miami-Dade County alone accounted for more paid DME claims than 44 other states. An average Medicare patient in Miami-Dade County allegedly receives $6,200 worth of DME every year based on paid amounts. Patients in the rest of the United States average approximately $1,200 per year.

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