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Four Miami-Area Residents Sentenced In $10 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Date:6/5/2009

Defendants admitted to conspiring to defraud Medicare at HIV infusion clinics

WASHINGTON, June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four Miami-area residents were sentenced today in connection with a $10 million Medicare fraud scheme involving HIV infusion clinics, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta of the Southern District of Florida announced.

Alexis Dagnesses, 44; Gonzalo Nodarse, 38; Alexis Carrazana, 41; and Dr. Carlos Garrido, 69, all pleaded guilty in March 2009 to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud before U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck.

Today, Judge Huck sentenced Dagnesses to 90 months in prison, to be followed by a three-year-term of supervised release. Dagnesses was also ordered to pay $12.4 million in restitution. Nodarse was sentenced to 78 months in prison, with a three-year-term of supervised release following his prison term, and was ordered to pay $5.1 million in restitution. Carrazana was sentenced to 72 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $3.6 million in restitution. Garrido was sentenced today to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release, and was ordered by the judge to pay $747,000 in restitution.

All four defendants had admitted to working at Midway Medical Center Inc. (Midway), a Miami clinic that purported to specialize in the treatment of patients with HIV. According to plea documents, most of the services allegedly provided to patients at Midway were billed to the Medicare program as treatments for a diagnosis of thrombocytopenia, a disorder involving a low count of platelets in the blood. None of Midway's patients actually had low blood platelet counts.

Dagnesses' admitted role at Midway was to manipulate the blood samples drawn from the clinic's patients before the blood w
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