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Owner of 2 health clinics sentenced to 82 months for fraud

Carlos Medina also ordered to pay $3 million

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PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – The owner of two fraudulent Doral medical clinics was sentenced to 82 months in prison Thursday for his role in a Medicare scheme that caused more than $3 million in losses, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

In addition to his prison sentence, Carlos Medina was also ordered to forfeit $3,067,898.69 by U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga of the Southern District.

Medina, 56, pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

An investigation found that Medina, who owned Doral Community Clinic Inc. and Advanced Medical of Doral Inc., had been charging cash kickbacks for $100 to $200 in exchange for prescriptions for home health care services, the Justice Department reports.

Those who received the services didn’t meet Medicare’s criteria for them, and of the services that were prescribed weren’t provided by the agencies to which the patients were referred the Justice Department said.

More than 20 home health agencies in the Miami area were sold fraudulent prescriptions causing Medicare to pay about $3 million more than it should have during a period of less than two years.

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services investigated the case.