Corporate Compliance

Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for defrauding Medicare

Compliance Monitor, May 23, 2007

A partner in a massive Medicare fraud scheme has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, reports.

According to court documents, Jafet Garcia of southern Florida and his partners purchased four medical equipment companies located in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties between February and December, 2004. Garcia and his partners recruited individuals to pose as the owners of these companies. After setting up the companies, the defendant and his partners obtained patient and physician information which they used to prepare bogus prescriptions and/or certificates of medical necessity.

The four companies used by the defendant and his partners to defraud Medicare were Sunset Medical Corporation, King Medical Service and Supplies Corporation, Travelango Services Corp. and Clear Choice Home Health, Inc.

During the course of the scheme, the defendant and his partners submitted more than $9 million in bogus Medicare claims.

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