Corporate Compliance

FL physical therapy company owner pleads guilty to Medicare fraud scheme

Compliance Monitor, July 20, 2011

Jorge Zamora, a Miami-area resident and owner of a physical therapy company in Lakeland, Fla., pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme to defraud Medicare, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Zamora and his co-conspirators purchased Dynamic Therapy Inc. from its previous owners, and transformed it into a fraudulent enterprise, according to the DOJ. Dynamic claimed to provide physical therapy services to Medicare beneficiaries, but in reality Zamora used the company to steal identities of a physical therapist and patients. Zamora and his co-conspirators then used the information to bill Medicare for physical therapy services they never provided.

According to the DOJ, from fall 2009 to summer 2010, Zamora and his co-conspirators submitted approximately $750,000 in fraudulent claims to Medicare. Zamora faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

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