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Millions Of Dollars Invoved In Pending Medicare Fraud Cases

The Miami Herald: "A longtime Miami-Dade healthcare operator and his son have been charged with bilking more than $2.8 million from Medicare in an undercover FBI case. The father has fled the country and the son is cooperating with authorities. Ernesto Angel Montaner and his son, Ernesto Montaner, are accused of operating a network of physical rehabilitation clinics in Miami-Dade that submitted millions of dollars in phony bills to the federal healthcare program for the elderly and disabled between 2003 and 2008" (Weaver, 4/24).

South Florida Business Journal: "Three South Floridians have pleaded guilty to participating in a $5.8 million Medicare fraud scheme. Maria Volero Marrero, 48; Lawrence Edward Humes, 57; and Keith Earnest Humes, 53, are alleged to have recruited beneficiaries to provide their Medicare numbers and signatures to submit false claims in an HIV/AIDS infusion scam. Marrero admitted she owned Tendercare Medical Center and that she paid kickbacks to the Humeses to recruit the patients. Medicare paid out $2.7 million in claims. The three are scheduled to be sentenced in July in Miami federal court" (4/23). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.