Navigation Links
Clinic Manager Pleads Guilty in Medicare Fraud Scheme
Date:1/12/2010

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Miami resident Ingrid Mazorra pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Miami to participating in a conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Terrence I. Berg of the Eastern District of Michigan; Andrew G. Arena, Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI's Detroit Field Office; and Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

Mazorra, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud before U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro.  In pleading guilty, Mazorra admitted that in approximately September 2006, she agreed to help operate a fraudulent infusion and injection clinic, called Xpress Center Inc., in Livonia, Mich.  Mazorra admitted that while the clinic was open, the clinic routinely billed the Medicare program for services that were medically unnecessary or were never provided.  Mazorra admitted that she and her co-conspirators at the clinic had purchased only a small fraction of the medications that the clinic billed the Medicare program for providing. 

Mazorra admitted that Medicare beneficiaries were recruited to come to the clinic through the payment of kickbacks.  Mazorra admitted that in exchange for those kickbacks, the Medicare beneficiaries would visit the clinic and sign documents indicating that they had received the services billed to Medicare.  According to court documents, kickbacks paid to Medicare beneficiaries at the clinic were made in the form of cash and prescriptions for narcotic drugs.  Mazorra also admitted that she and other co-conspirators created false patient files and other false documents to conceal the fraud at Xpress Center, and to make it appear that Xpress Center was a legitimate medical clinic.

Mazorra admitted that between approximately September 2006 and March 2007, she and her co-conspirators at Xpress Center caused the submission of approximately $2.3 million in false and fraudulent claims to the Medicare program for services purportedly provided at Xpress Center.  Medicare paid approximately $1.8 million on those claims.

Mazorra was originally charged in the Eastern District of Michigan, but after her arrest in Miami, she consented to have her case transferred to the Southern District of Florida for her plea and sentence.  At her sentencing, which is scheduled for March 26, 2010, Mazorra faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Detroit offices of the FBI and HHS Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG).  The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys John K. Neal and Benjamin D. Singer of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section and by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas W. Beimers of the Eastern District of Michigan.  The case was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, supervised by the Criminal Division's Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Since the inception of Strike Force operations in March 2007 - Miami (Phase One), Los Angeles (Phase Two), Detroit (Phase Three), Houston (Phase Four), Brooklyn (Phase Five), Tampa (Phase Six) and Baton Rouge (Phase Seven) - the Strike Force has obtained indictments of more than 460 individuals and organizations that collectively have billed the Medicare program for more than $1 billion.  In addition, HHS's 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.

To learn more about the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), go to: www.stopmedicarefraud.gov.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice

RELATED LINKS
http://www.justice.gov

'/>"/>

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. ePRO on Netbooks (NetPRO) - The BEST ePRO Solution for Clinical Trials in 15 Years
2. Nearly 50,000 Vaccinated at 2-Day H1N1 Clinics; Pennsylvania Department of Health Continues Vaccination Efforts
3. New approach to fighting Alzheimers shows potential in clinical trial
4. Multiple patient samples of an analyte improve detection of changes in clinical status
5. St. Johns wort not helpful treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, Mayo Clinic researchers say
6. Clinical trial seeks to improve patient treatment for Crohn’s disease
7. CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic to Provide H1N1 Vaccines in 8 New States
8. Gap exists between vision for EMRs to improve care coordination and clinicians experiences
9. Michael J. Fox Foundation Awards $2 Million for Clinical Research on Postural Instability and Gait Disturbances in Parkinsons Disease
10. Drug And Alcohol Rehab Clinics Professionals Prepare For The Christmas And New Year Holidays
11. Brand-New Radiology Clinic Exceeds Every Industry Performance Standard Using MedInformatix RIS
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/17/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... Finalists in the 2017 (second annual) ... The awards recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, ... places to work. , A diverse group of organizations and individuals around the ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... Chicago, IL (PRWEB) , ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... leadership team as Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Spiro brings over 30 ... he will provide strategic leadership for BHI’s cutting-edge analytics solutions. , “I am ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... Any Lab Test ... The company ranked #4429 on the newly released, 36th annual Inc. 5000 , ... unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... their recently launched community enrichment program. Partnering once again with Boys & Girls ... competition to help find the area’s very own American Idol. With all proceeds ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... Cumberland, PA (PRWEB) , ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... today it has successfully opened clubfoot clinics in all 29 Indian states—bringing the country ... newest clinic in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, the nonprofit organization is on track to enroll ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/26/2017)... -- E.I. Medical Imaging (EIMI) has partnered with Dr. ... the worlds first ultrasound system to be used underwater to ... In preparation for a piece produced by Icon films ... Guttridge approached EIMI with the idea of an underwater ultrasound ... underwater. EIMI produces ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... , July 26, 2017 Sancilio Pharmaceuticals ... of our clinical trial evaluating Altemia TM , an ... (SCA) and Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). The SCOT Trial, ... the efficacy and safety of Altemia TM in ... conducted under US IND 125274. ...
(Date:7/25/2017)... Massachusetts , July 25, 2017 The med-tech ... rare nervous system diseases, has concluded a worldwide license agreement ... drug SOM0226 against transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR). Before this licensing agreement ... a Phase 2 study conducted in Europe ... the United States ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: