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

nt claims for HIV infusion services allegedly provided at the clinic.

Garrido was a part-owner and practicing physician at Midway. In his plea, Garrido admitted that he and his co-conspirators billed the Medicare program routinely for services that were medically unnecessary and in many instances were never provided. Garrido admitted to purchasing only a small fraction of the medication that was purportedly being administered to Midway's patients, and that he ordered the patients treated with medications he knew they did not need and, in many instances, the clinic did not have available. Garrido also admitted to working at Midway for approximately eight months (the last eight months the clinic was open). In that time, he admitted to submitting more than $1 million in fraudulent claims to the Medicare program.

Two additional co-conspirators, Doctors Carmen Lourdes del Cueto and Roberto Rodriguez, also pleaded guilty in March 2009 to conspiring to commit health care fraud at Midway. Rodriguez's sentencing is scheduled for June 29, 2009, and Del Cueto's has been scheduled for Sept. 11, 2009.

The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney John K. Neal of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section. The FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation. The case was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, supervised by Deputy Chief Kirk Ogrosky of the Fraud Section and U.S. Attorney Acosta of the Southern District of Florida. Federal prosecutors have indicted 108 cases with 196 defendants in strike force operations since investigations opened in March 2007. Collectively, these defendants fraudulently billed the Medicare program for more than $577 million.


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