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Three Miami Area Brothers and Physician's Assistant Charged In $110 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
Date:6/11/2008

WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three Miami area brothers who allegedly financed 11 corrupt HIV infusion clinics and a physician's assistant who worked at those clinics have been charged in a $110 million HIV infusion fraud scheme, the Department of Justice's Criminal Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida announced today.

The indictment alleges that between January 2001 and November 2004, Carlos and Luis Benitez conspired to submit approximately $110 million in false and fraudulent claims to the Medicare program for HIV infusion services allegedly provided at 11 corrupt HIV infusion clinics that they owned and controlled. As part of the scheme, Carlos and Luis Benitez referred Medicare beneficiaries to the clinics and directed the beneficiaries be paid kickbacks to induce them to claim they received legitimate services at the clinics when in fact the HIV infusion services were either not provided or were not medically necessary. The HIV infusion clinics that they owned and controlled were: AH Medical Office Inc.; Advanced Medical Rehabilitation Center Inc.; Best Medi Corp.; Physician's Health Med-Care; Physician's Med-Care Inc.; Saint Jude Rehab Center Inc.; Global Med-Care Corp.; CNC Medical Corp.; G&S Medical Centers Inc.; Karla Medical Services Inc.; and Best Medicare Inc.

The indictment alleges that Jose Benitez owned and operated one of the eleven clinics, Advanced Medical, and assisted in submitting approximately $10 million of the false and fraudulent claims to the Medicare program for HIV infusion services that were not provided and for services that were not medically necessary. Thomas McKenzie was a physician's assistant at the HIV infusion clinics owned and operated by Carlos, Luis and Jose Benitez. The indictment alleges that, at the direction of Carlos, Luis and Jose Benitez, McKenzie was responsible for training physicians and providers in how to make it appear that legitimate a
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