Corporate Compliance

Florida physician to pay $6.7M to settle fraud allegations

Compliance Monitor, May 21, 2008

A variety of healthcare fraud allegations will cost Aleyda Borge, MD, and the operators of a medical clinic $6.7 million, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Borge was the sole physician at Leonza Health Management Group, an unlicensed medical clinic located in Hollywood, FL in 2004 and 2005, according to the DOJ. The clinic primarily treated patients with HIV.

Borge prescribed medications that were medically unnecessary or medically unreasonable; never saw some patients; and paid kickbacks to patients, according to the DOJ.
 
The settlement represents twice the amount Medicare paid Borge based on claims from the clinic. Borge is also excluded from participating in federal healthcare programs.
 
In a separate criminal proceeding, the owner of the clinic, Thaiz Parra, was sentenced to 54 months in prison for her role in the fraud.

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