2012 Florida News Archive
December 20, 2012
Miami Husband and Wife Sentenced on Medicare Fraud Charges
Lazaro Prat and Lisette Lopez Prat sentenced to 137 months and 48 months (respectively)in prison and three years each of supervised release. Lazaro Prat was also ordered to pay $15,401,099 in restitution to the Medicare system.
December 20, 2012
Clinical Director for Miami-based Health Care Clinic Sentenced to Prison for Role in $50 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Rafael Alalu was also ordered to pay more than $5.6 million in restitution, jointly and severally with his co-defendants.
December 17, 2012
Leader of $63 Million Mental Health Fraud Scheme Pleads Guilty in Miami
According to court documents, the owner of HCSN operated community mental health centers (CMHC) at three locations in Miami-Dade County, Fla., and one location in Hendersonville, KY.
November 30, 2012
President of Miami Medical Clinic Sentenced on Health Care Fraud Charges
Arbilio Yanes pled guilty to a fraud scheme that submitted claims to Medicare in excess of $21 million.
November 20, 2012
Two Plead Guilty in Miami for Roles in $63 Million Mental Health Care Fraud in Florida and North Carolina
John Thoen and Alexandra Haynes plead guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud
November 5, 2012
Owner of Miami Assisted Living Facility Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Medicare Fraud
Alba Serrano was sentenced to 15 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $258,329 in restitution.
October 26, 2012
Miami Area Assisted Living Facility Owners Plead Guilty for Roles in $63 Million Fraud Scheme
Raymond Rivero and Ivon Perez, through their businesses billed Medicare and Medicaid approximately $63 million for purported mental health services.
October 23, 2012
Owner of Miami Home Health Company Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for $60 Million Health Care Fraud
Rodolfo Nieto Jr. also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution.
October 18, 2012
Owner and Operator of Florida Halfway House Company Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison
Hassan Collins was sentenced for his role in a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme and ordered to pay $2,413,675 restitution.
October 15, 2012
Owner of Miami Home Health Company Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for $42 Million Health Care Fraud
Eulises Escalona was also ordered to pay $26.5 million in restitution.
October 12, 2012
Miami-Area Therapist Sentenced to 108 Months in Prison for Participating in $205 Million Medicare Fraud
Vanja Abreu was also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release following her prison term and pay $72,771,469 in restitution, jointly and severally with co-defendants.
October 4, 2012
33 South Florida Residents Charged as Part of Nationwide Coordinated Takedown by Medicare Fraud Strike Force
The South Florida defendants are accused of various health care fraud-related crimes which contributed to over $202 million in fraud.
October 1, 2012
Two Miami-Area Doctors Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Participating in $205 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Dr. Mark Willner and Dr. Alberto Ayala, former medical directors at the mental health care company American Therapeutic Corporation (ATC), were each sentenced to 10 years in prison for participating in a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme
June 21, 2012
Two Owners of Miami Home Health Company Each Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison for $20 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
Ariel Rodriguez and Reynaldo Navarro were also ordered to pay $14 million each in restitution, joint and several with co-defendants.