Corporate Compliance

Miami woman receives 46-month sentence for Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, June 13, 2012

U.S. District Judge Patricia A. Seitz of the Southern District of Florida sentenced Leyanes Placeres, 32, of Miami, to 46 months in prison for her part in a Medicare fraud scheme, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced June 11.

Placeres pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and one count of conspiracy to pay and receive illegal kickbacks. She claimed to transport patients to American Therapeutic Corporation (ATC), which claimed to operate partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) in seven locations in south Florida and Orlando. The patients did not qualify for PHP services, but ATC billed Medicare for false, fake, and fictitious services, according to the DOJ.

Placeres also helped ATC pay illegal kickbacks to owners and operators of assisted living facilities and halfway houses to recruit patients for ATC.

he plea agreement also requires Placeres to pay $2.7 million in restitution.

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