Miami Medical Professionals Charged in Medicare Fraud Scheme

In Miami, a total of 33 defendants are charged for their alleged participation in various fraud schemes involving a total of $204.5 million in false billings for home health care, mental health services, occupational and physical therapy, and durable medical equipment (DME).

In one case, three defendants are charged for participating in a fraud scheme at LTC Professional Consultants and Professional Home Care Solutions Inc. which led to approximately $74 million in fraudulent billing for home health care.

In another case, five defendants are charged for participating in a fraud scheme at Hollywood Pavilion which led to $67 million in fraudulent billing for mental health services.

Overall, Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in seven cities have led to charges against 91 individuals – including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals – for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $429.2 million in false billing, Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced yesterday.

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations are part of the Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), a joint initiative announced in May 2009 between the Department of Justice and HHS to focus their efforts to prevent and deter fraud and enforce current anti-fraud laws around the country.

Since their inception in March 2007, strike force operations in nine locations have charged more than 1,480 defendants who collectively have falsely billed the Medicare program for more than $4.8 billion. In addition, the HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the HHS-OIG, are taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers.

The announced cases are being prosecuted and investigated by Medicare Fraud Strike Force teams comprising attorneys from the Fraud Section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and from the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for the Southern District of Florida, among others, and agents from the FBI, HHS-OIG and state Medicaid Fraud Control Units, with assistance from the Justice Department’s Civil Division and the IRS.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Florida Healthcare Litigation

When healthcare business practices become the subject of legal claims, our attorneys assist clients in dispute resolution services involving fraud allegations, licensure disciplinary proceedings, qui tam investigations, regulatory compliance, regulatory investigations, and Stark Law anti-kickback provisions. Contact Florida healthcare litigation attorney Howard N. Kahn, Esq. online to discuss a case.

Business Opportunity Fraud: Warning Signs

Investors are wise to be aware of business opportunity fraud. A former con artist advises “fast no’s and slow yes’s” when being asked to invest in a business opportunity. Watch this video to see how get-rich-quick schemes frequently proliferate during an economic downturn. 

Warning signs of business opportunity fraud are promises that sound too good to be true, including:

  • You can earn lots of money
  • I’ll show you how to build your business
  • You will be able to work from home

The FTC recommends that prospective investors always ask for a written disclosure document before paying any money. If the sponsoring organization makes claims of high revenue levels, you can also request an “earnings claim” document.

Contact Fort Lauderdale securities litigation attorney Howard N. Kahn, Esq. if you or someone you know has been the victim of business opportunity fraud or securities fraud. Mr. Kahn is an experienced fraud and litigation attorney. He is also a FINRA arbitrator in securities disputes among individual investors, brokers, and brokerage firms. You can reach him at 954-321-0176 or online.