Corporate Compliance

Two Florida men sent to jail for Medicaid fraud

Compliance Monitor, April 16, 2008

Michael Labrada and Miguel Castillo, both of Miami, will spend a combined 154 months in prison for their roles in a multimillion dollar Medicare fraud scheme, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Labrada, 27, will spend 97 months in prison for conspiring to commit healthcare fraud by serving as a straw owner of a medical equipment company and for money laundering, according to the DOJ.

Castillo, 42, was sentenced to 57 months in jail for conspiring to commit healthcare fraud by serving as a straw owner of a medical equipment company and for money laundering, according to the DOJ.

The two were allegedly part of a scheme involving at least five other codefendents. Alleged coconspirator Angel Castillo, Jr. was sentenced in March to 235 months in prison in connection with his ownership of more than eight durable medical equipment companies in Miami during 2005 and 2006. Giovanni Guerrero, Javier Roberto More, Angel Hernandez, and Juan A. Zaragoza have all pleaded guilty to related healthcare fraud and money laundering offenses in the past months.

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