Corporate Compliance

Mother and daughters get prison time for Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, July 2, 2008

The owners of four Miami-based healthcare facilities will serve prison time for their role in a Medicare scheme that netted them $14 million, according to a Department of Justice release.
 
Marta F. Jimenez was sentenced to 31 months in prison, and her two daughters Maria T. Hernandez (Mayte) and Maivi Rodriguez, will serve 51 months.
 
On March 7, 2008, after a five week trial, a jury convicted Hernandez, Jimenez, and Rodriguez on all counts, including conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, to cause the submission of false claims to Medicare, and to solicit and receive kickbacks; and conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Additionally, the defendants were found guilty of multiple counts of receiving kickbacks in exchange for referring Medicare patients.
 
At trial several patients admitted to knowingly accepting cash kickbacks, being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and being prescribed unnecessary aerosol medications.
 
To read the release, click here

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