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Miami Physician Sentenced to 97 Months in Prison for Role in $10 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Date:6/29/2009

at the laboratory results had been falsified and that the patients did not actually have that condition.

Midway was not the only clinic where Rodriguez purported to treat HIV patients with injection and infusion therapies. In his plea, Rodriguez admitted that he was listed as medical director and practicing physician for five other Miami-area HIV infusion clinics between October 2003 and February 2005, where he engaged in similar criminal activity. Specifically, Rodriguez admitted that he and his co-conspirators at these other clinics billed the Medicare program for HIV injection and infusion services that Rodriguez knew were medically unnecessary and in some instances were never provided. Rodriguez admitted to causing more than $20 million in false claims to be submitted to the Medicare program at all of his clinics, including Midway.

A number of Rodriguez's co-defendants have already been sentenced for their roles at Midway and related clinics. On June 5, 2009, in a sentencing hearing before Judge Huck, chemist Alexis Dagnesses, 44, was sentenced to 90 months in prison; medical assistant Gonzalo Nodarse, 38, was sentenced to 78 months in prison; medical assistant Alexis Carrazana, 41, was sentenced to 72 months in prison; and physician Carlos Garrido, 69, was sentenced to 37 months in prison. Rodriguez's co-defendant Carmen del Cueto, a physician, is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 11, 2009.

The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney John K. Neal of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section and investigated by the HHS 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 Acting U.S. Attorney Sloman of the Southern District of Florida. Federal prosecutors have indicted 115 cases with 257 defendants in Miami, Los Angeles and Detroit since the inception of strike force operatio
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