Corporate Compliance

Physician assistant's wife pleads guilty to defrauding Medicare and Texas Medicaid

Compliance Monitor, August 11, 2010

The wife of a Texas physician assistant pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for conspiracy to defraud Medicare and the Texas Medicaid program, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Romelia Puig, 42, admitted to joining an ongoing conspiracy with her husband, Manuel Puig, 44, that used the Medicaid provider number of a deceased doctor to bill for various items and services. Romelia, Manuel, and co-conspirators submitted over 6,000 claims to Medicare and Medicaid from La Hacienda Family Clinic. Medicare and the Texas Medicaid program paid approximately $174,000 on those claims.

Romelia and Manuel each face a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a $250,000 fine.

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