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Miami Jury Convicts Pharmacy Owner of Medicare Fraud
Date:4/24/2008

bill approximately $2.9 million in fraudulent claims for negative pressure wound pumps and wound care supplies that were never actually provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

Smith's co-defendant, Friedhelm Schock, the nominee owner of Medstar, was acquitted on all charged counts.

The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Hank Bond Walther and John K. Neal of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section, with the investigative assistance of the FBI and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General. The case was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force that has been operating in the Miami area since March 2007. The Medicare Strike Force is led by Deputy Chief Ogrosky of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section and the office of U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta of the Southern District of Florida. Since March 1, 2007, the Strike Force has brought charges against 120 defendants, resulting in more than 100 convictions to date


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