Corporate Compliance

Three ex-hospital workers charged in kickback lawsuit

Compliance Monitor, June 11, 2008

Three former Kendall Regional Medical Center employees face up to 20 years in prison for their roles in an alleged $7 million kickback scheme involving the hospital and medical supply companies, Pharmed and Allied Medical Products (AMP).

Joanna Delfel, the hospital’s former supply buyer; Victor Garcia, an inventory control analyst; and Sylvia Oramas, former director of materials and management, were named in a document filed by the U.S. Attorney General June 5 for the charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Using their positions to access the hospital’s supply program, the trio allegedly placed orders with Pharmed and AMP, which were never intended to be delivered. Co-conspirators working for Pharmed and AMP produced false invoices claiming the supplies were delivered in full. The money for the phantom supplies was then allegedly filtered through two shell organizations, Gator Sports Collectables and SoHo Marketing, Inc. The conspirators were allegedly paid through the shell organizations for their participation in the scheme.

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