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

nd appropriate medical services were being provided as well as overseeing the preparation of documents to make it appear that the services were actually rendered and medically necessary.

After obtaining the proceeds from their crimes, the indictment alleges that Carlos, Luis, and Jose Benitez engaged in a scheme to launder those proceeds by, among other things, transferring millions of dollars in proceeds to sham "marketing" and "management" companies that they owned and controlled and by transferring proceeds among the corrupt HIV infusion clinics.

Carlos Benitez, Luis Benitez, Jose Benitez, and Thomas McKenzie were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, to cause the submission of false claims to the Medicare program, and to pay health care kickbacks; conspiracy to commit health care fraud; and submitting false claims to the Medicare program. Carlos, Luis and Jose Benitez were charged with conspiracy to launder the proceeds of their crimes, and Carlos and Luis Benitez were each charged with money laundering. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of assets held by all defendants. Carlos and Luis Benitez each face a maximum sentence of 155 years in prison, Jose Benitez faces a maximum of 40 years, and Thomas McKenzie faces a maximum of 50 years.

This case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Hank Bond Walther and John K. Neal of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section, as well as Laurel Loomis Rimon and Constantine Lizas of the Criminal Division's Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, with the investigative assistance of the FBI and the 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 Miami since March 2007. The Strike Force is led by Deputy Chief Kirk Ogrosky of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section in Washington, D.C., and the office of U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta of the Southern District of Florida.
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