Navigation Links
Miami HIV Clinic Administrator Pleads Guilty for Role in a $14 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Date:9/9/2008

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Miami resident Dilcia Marinez, 57, pleaded guilty today to her role in defrauding the Medicare program and laundering the proceeds of the crimes in connection with a $14 million HIV infusion fraud scheme, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta of the Southern District of Florida announced.

Marinez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering before U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno in Miami. In her plea, Marinez admitted that she was the president and director of G&S Medical Center Inc. (G&S), a Miami health care clinic. Marinez admitted that she entered into an agreement in approximately May 2003 with Carlos Benitez, Luis Benitez, Thomas McKenzie and others to operate G&S as an HIV infusion clinic. According to information contained in plea documents, the Benitezes referred HIV-positive Medicare beneficiaries to the clinic and directed McKenzie to teach the clinic physicians ways to make it appear legitimate services were being provided.

Marinez also admitted that between approximately June 2003 and December 2003, G&S submitted approximately $14 million in claims to the Medicare program for HIV infusion services that were never provided and services that were medically unnecessary. According to information in the plea documents, Medicare paid approximately $9.6 million on the fraudulent claims. In addition, Marinez admitted to assisting the Benitez brothers in laundering approximately $4 million in proceeds from the fraud by making checks out to sham marketing and management companies owned and controlled by the Benitezes.

In a related case, brothers Carlos, Luis and Jose Benitez as well as McKenzie were indicted on June 11, 2008, for their role in a $110 million HIV infusion and money laundering scheme. The indictment alleges that the Benitez brothers were the masterminds of a massive HIV infusion fraud operation throughout South Florida involving at least 11 clinics and that they laundered the proceeds of their crimes. Also, according to the indictment, Carlos and Luis Benitez were the true owners of G&S. All three Benitez brothers remain fugitives, while McKenzie is currently being detained pending an Oct. 14, 2008, trial.

The case was prosecuted by Hank Bond Walther and John K. Neal of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section, and investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General and the FBI. The case was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, supervised by Deputy Chief Kirk Ogrosky of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section and U.S. Attorney Acosta of the Southern District of Florida. Federal prosecutors have indicted 82 cases with 142 defendants in South Florida since investigations opened during the period of strike force operations between March and October 2007. Collectively, these defendants fraudulently billed the Medicare program for more than $492 million.


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Miami Jury Convicts Medical Company Owner of Medicare Fraud
2. Cogon Systems Supports the South Florida Health Information Initiatives 2nd Annual Health Information Exchange Summit - November 8th in Miami, FL
3. "High School Musicals" Corbin Bleu Joins Colgate-Palmolive, United Way and Miami-Dade Elementary School Students for Dental Health Challenge
4. Four Miami Health Care Company Owners Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison For Medicare Fraud
5. Nine Miami Defendants in Strike Force Cases Sentenced for $56.5 Million in Medicare Fraud
6. CyberKnife Centers of Miami, Palm Beach and Tampa Invited to Join M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Study
7. Miami Jury Convicts Physician and Three Business Owners of Medicare Fraud
8. Gentiva(R) Health Services to Present March 18th at Lehman Brothers Eleventh Annual Global Healthcare Conference in Miami
9. CRH Medical Corporation opens new Center in Miami, Florida
10. AT&T Announces Grant to Center on Aging-University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
11. Seven Miami-Area Residents Charged in $11 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... TIME for Kids and The ... announced a new partnership to reach nearly 1 million children with important water safety ... and is the leading cause of accidental death in children one to 6 years ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... Woodinville, WA (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 ... ... better user experience, adapted to people’s every day living patterns, Amerec, a Seattle-based ... easy-to-use computer and smart phone app. , The user interface of the app, ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... (PRWEB) May 05, 2016 , ... Talent Tech Labs ... on the eve of National Nurses Week (May 6-12). Currently, HireNurses is ... With their enrollment into the Talent Tech Lab Virtual Incubation program, they will dramatically ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Chronic stress can have a silent, yet dangerous, impact on ... system and increase inflammation, both of which raise the risk of heart attack and ... program at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. Chronic stress also can lead to other issues ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... finalists and winners Tuesday evening, May 3, at the 2016 ISE® Central Executive ... Scott Pettigrew, Vice President and Chief Security Officer of HMS, was selected as ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... , May 4, 2016 ... of the  "Global Multiple Myeloma Market and ... their offering.       (Logo: ... Market and Competitive Landscape Highlights 2016, provides ... Multiple Myeloma epidemiology, Multiple Myeloma market valuations ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... Research and Markets has ... Myeloid Leukemia Market and Competitive Landscape Highlights ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ) ... Competitive Landscape Highlights 2016, provides comprehensive insights ... Myeloid Leukemia epidemiology, Acute Myeloid Leukemia market ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... 2016 Research and ... Acute lymphocytic Leukemia Market and Competitive Landscape ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ... Market and Competitive Landscape Highlights 2016, provides ... products, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia epidemiology, Acute Lymphocytic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: