A companion civil case was also filed to restrain the assets of the defendants during the pendency of the criminal prosecution.  The asset freeze is intended to preserve the defendants’ assets during the course of the prosecution in order to maximize the amount of money returned to the Medicare Program.  The criminal case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Joseph Beemsterboer of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section.  The civil action is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Torres.

 

U.S. Vladimir Jimenez and Manuel Lozano, Case No. 12-20700-CR-Zloch – Defendants Vladimir Jimenez and Manuel Lozano are charged with conspiracy to pay and receive illegal healthcare kickbacks.  Both defendants were patient recruiters for Serendipity Home Health, and supplied patients to Serendipity Home Health in exchange for kickbacks and bribes.  Serendipity Home Health fraudulently billed the Medicare program for approximately $20 million for home health services that were not provided and/or not medically necessary.  If convicted, the defendants face up to five years in prison for each count of the kickback charges.  This case is being prosecuted by Department of Justice Trial Attorney Joseph Beemsterboer.    

 

U.S. v. Orlando J. Torres, Case No. 12-20754-CR-Scola Defendant Orlando J. Torres is charged with several substantive counts of health care fraud.  According to the indictment, Torres became the owner of M.B.M. Medical Services, Inc. (MBM), which did business in Miami-Dade County providing physical and occupational therapy and services to Medicare beneficiaries.  From August 8, 2008 through July 17, 2009, allegedly Torres caused MBM to submit approximately $4,933,757 in claims to Medicare for various health care services that were not medically necessary and/or had not been provided to Medicare beneficiaries.  As a result of these false claims, Medicare paid MBM approximately $3,301,416.   If convicted, the defendant faces up to ten years in prison for the health care fraud count. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Clark.

 

U.S. v. Orlando J. Torres, Case No. 12-20755-CR-Zloch – Defendant Orlando J. Torres is charged with several substantive counts of health care fraud.  According to the indictment, Torres became the owner of I & L Therapy Center Corp., a Florida corporation that purportedly did business in Miami-Dade County providing physical and occupational therapy services to Medicare beneficiaries.  From March 26, 2009 through June 12, 2009, Torres caused I & L Therapy to submit approximately $2,767,211 in Medicare claims that falsely represented that various health care benefits and services were medically necessary and had been provided to Medicare beneficiaries.  As a result of these false claims, Medicare paid I & L Therapy Center Corp. approximately $1,373,489.  If convicted, the defendant faces up to ten years in prison for each count of the health care fraud charges. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Clark.

 

U.S. v. Remberto Lago Valdes, Case No. 12-20678-CR-Cooke The indictment charges defendant Remberto Lago Valdes with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and several counts of substantive health care fraud.  According to the indictment, Lago Valdes arranged to have an individual become nominal owner of Venus Medical Supply, Inc., a Florida corporation that purportedly did business in Miami-Dade County providing durable medical equipment to Medicare beneficiaries.  From November 5, 2008 through December 11, 2008, Venus Medical submitted approximately $1,716,116 in Medicare claims that falsely represented that various health care benefits services were medically necessary and had been provided to Medicare beneficiaries.  As a result of these false claims, Medicare paid Venus Medical approximately $247,844.   If convicted, the defendant faces up to ten years in for each count of the health care fraud charges.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Clark.

 

U.S. v. Alina Alvarez, Case No. 12-20675-CR-Moreno – The indictment charges Alina Alvarez with substantive counts of health care fraud and payment of kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program.  Alvarez was the owner and operator of Sterling Pharmacy, which paid kickbacks to a doctor to obtain fraudulent prescriptions that were used to for bill Medicare.  No medications were actually dispensed and Sterling Pharmacy billed Medicare $271,563 for false prescriptions.  If convicted, the defendant faces up to ten years in prison for each count of the health care fraud charges, and five years for each count of the kickback charges.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gonsoulin.

 

U.S. v. Angel Calderin, Case No. 12-20753-CR-Dimitrouleas This indictment charges Angel Calderin with health care fraud.  According to the indictment, Calderin was the owner of Pharmacy Solution Corp., which paid a doctor to obtain fraudulent prescriptions for medications which were not actually dispensed to Medicare beneficiaries.  If convicted, the defendant faces up to ten years in prison for each count of the health care fraud charges.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gonsoulin. 

 

U.S. v. Yanella Falcon and Pedro Guzman, Case No. 12-20677-CR-Middlebrooks The indictment charges two defendants with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, and payment of kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program.  The defendants were the owners and operators of P & Y Pharmacy, which paid doctors in return for prescriptions which were used to submit false claims to Medicare.  As a result of those claims, Medicare paid P & Y Pharmacy $412,681.  If convicted, the defendants face up to ten years in prison for each count of the health care fraud charges, and up to five years for each count of the kickback charges.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gonsoulin.

 

U.S. v. Jose Manuel Curiel and Liset Curiel Fages, Case No. 12-20676-CR-King The indictment charges two defendants with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, and the payment of kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program.  The defendants were the owners and operators of Y & Y Pharmacy, which paid doctors in return for prescriptions which were used to submit false claims to Medicare.  If convicted, the defendants face up to ten years in prison for each count of the health care fraud charges, and up to five years for each count of the kickback charges.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gonsoulin.

 

U.S. v. Alfredo Gonzalez, Case No. 12-20682-CR-Williams The indictment charges defendant Alfredo Gonzalez with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and substantive health care fraud.    Gonzalez posed as a doctor and provided prescriptions to the owners of 24 Hour Community Pharmacy for a fee.  24 Hour Community Pharmacy submitted fraudulent billing that caused Medicare to pay more than $1.1 million to 24 Hour Community Pharmacy.  If convicted, the defendant faces up to ten years in prison for each count of the health care fraud charges.  This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Anissa Andrews.

 

U.S. v. Guillermo Blanco, Case No. 12-20681-CR-Scola The indictment charges defendant Guillermo Blanco with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and substantive health care fraud.  Blanco was one of the owners of 24 Hour Community Pharmacy.  As part of the scheme, Blanco paid kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries. 24 Hour Community Pharmacy submitted fraudulent billing that caused Medicare to pay more than $1.1 million to 24 Hour Community Pharmacy.  If convicted, the defendant faces up to ten years in prison for each count of the health care fraud charges.  This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Anissa Andrews.

 

U.S. v. Yanier Betancourt, Case No. 12-20671-CR-Lenard The indictment charges defendant Yanier Betancourt with the payment of health care kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program.  The indictment alleges that Betancourt paid kickbacks to a patient recruiter who referred Medicare beneficiaries to Betancourt’s home health agency, Musomed Health Care, Corp., to receive home health services.  If convicted, the defendant faces up to five years in prison for each count of the kickback charges.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Morales.