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

y oxygen concentrators and nebulizers. Further, De La Serna caused the submission of false claims for pharmaceuticals. In total, De La Serna was responsible for over $345,000 in false claim to Medicare. De La Serna pleaded guilty on November 15, 2007.

Betancourt, the named owner of Lincoln Medical Supply, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King on January 16, 2008. Lincoln Medical was a fraudulent DME company that had nothing to do with providing health care or necessary medical equipment. Lincoln Medical submitted over $480,000 in false claims to Medicare for largely unnecessary equipment such as wound therapy pumps and expensive wound care items. Betancourt pleaded guilty on November 15, 2007.

Prieto and Herrera were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jose A. Gonzalez for their involvement on January 18, 2008. Prieto and Herrera were owners and operators of Coral Way Medical, a fraudulent HIV infusion clinic that also billed for unnecessary procedures such as paravertebral joint injections. Prieto and Herrera used these two companies to submit over $900,000 in fraudulent Medicare claims. Prieto pleaded guilty on November 15, 2007. Herrera pleaded guilty on November 1, 2007.

Lopez, the owner and operator of Reny Medical Equipment, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke on January 23, 2008. Reny Medical was a fraudulent DME company that had nothing to do with providing health care or necessary medical equipment. Lopez submitted over $450,000 in false claims to Medicare for unnecessary items such as prosthetics and ostomy supplies. Lopez pleaded guilty on November 7, 2007.

"The Department of Justice places a high priority on investigating and prosecuting those who steal tax payer money intended to provide health care for the elderly and disabled," said Assistant Attorney General Fisher. "We have dedicated a team of experienced prosecutors to focus on Medicare and other healthcare fraud around the countr
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