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Nine Miami Defendants in Strike Force Cases Sentenced for $56.5 Million in Medicare Fraud
Date:1/23/2008

nuary 16, 2008. Rodriguez owned and operated OxyCare of Miami, a fraudulent DME company that had nothing to do with providing health care or necessary medical equipment. Between September of 2001 and June of 2003, OxyCare submitted claims to Medicare for medical equipment largely consisting of unnecessary oxygen concentrators, hospital beds and pressure reducing mattresses. Further, Rodriguez caused the submission of false claims for pharmaceuticals. In total, Rodriguez, through his companies, was responsible for over $1.2 million in false claims to Medicare. Rodriguez pleaded guilty on October 10, 2007.

Gonzalez, the owner and operator of Genesis Associates Group, Inc., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald L. Graham on January 10, 2008. Genesis was a fraudulent DME company that had nothing to do with providing health care or necessary medical equipment. Gonzalez submitted over $1.5 million in false claims to Medicare largely consisting of unnecessary power pressure reducing mattresses and orthotics. Gonzalez pleaded guilty on November 2, 2007.

Vasquez, the named owner of Tamiami Medical Supply, Inc., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joan A. Lenard on January 16, 2008. Tamiami was a fraudulent DME company that had nothing to do with providing health care or necessary medical equipment. Tamiami submitted over $1.2 million in false claims to Medicare. The previous named owner of Tamiami, Justo Padron, 36, died in November of 2007 after an alligator attack at the Miccosukee Tribe Indian Reservation. Vasquez pleaded guilty on October 22, 2007.

De La Serna was sentenced by U.S. District Marcia G. Cooke on January 23, 2008. De La Serna owned and operated Respiratory One Equipment, Inc., a fraudulent DME company that had nothing to do with providing health care or necessary medical equipment. Between September of 2001 and June of 2003, Respiratory One submitted claims to Medicare for medical equipment largely consisting of unnecessar
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