Corporate Compliance

Detroit clinic owner receives 10 years for Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, October 12, 2011

A federal judge has sentenced Martin Tasis, one of the owners of a Detroit area clinic, to 10 years in prison for his participation in a $9.1 million Medicare fraud scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in an October 7 press release.

Tasis owned the Dearborn Medical Rehabilitation Center (DMRC) with his brother, Joaquin Tasis. Evidence at trial showed that the brothers and co-conspirator Leoncio Alayon “helped relocate a highly lucrative infusion therapy fraud scheme to Michigan from South Florida after increased law enforcement scrutiny there,” the DOJ said in the press release.

Court documents say the defendants used the clinic to recruit Medicare beneficiaries and billed Medicare for expensive medications that were not administered. In return for their cooperation, beneficiaries received cash kickbacks from the clinic. DMRC purchased $36,000 in medication and medical supplies, but billed Medicare approximately $9.1 million for injection therapy services that were not provided and/or were not medically necessary between November 2005 and March 2007. The clinic received approximately $6 million from Medicare.

Martin Tasis was convicted of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, conspiracy to pay healthcare kickbacks, healthcare fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering. His sentence also includes $6 million in restitution and three years of supervised release.

Read more at the Department of Justice Website.

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