Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Four Florida Medical Workers Plead Guilty In $10 Million Medicare Fraud

Dr. Roberto Rodriguez, 54; Dr. Carlos Garrido, 69; Gonzalo Nodarse, 38; and Alexis Carrazana, 41, all residents of the Miami, Florida area and executives or employees of the Miami-based Midway Medical Center, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count each of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Rodriguez and Garrido are owners of Midway Medical and, along with the other defendants, admitted they defrauded the Medicare program by receiving $10 million in reimbursements for unnecessary or non-performed medical procedures, specifically HIV infusion services. The scheme lasted from at least October 2003 to February 2005. Rodriguez is the founder of five clinics in and around Miami that have been the subject of criminal probes for Medicare fraud. Nodarse and Carrazana, who were employed at Midway as medical assistants, admitted to making false entries in medical records. We note that these physicians and medical assistants are simply the latest in a long list of Medicare fraudsters in South Florida who engaged in the HIV infusion fraud.

Read the story here, here and here.

Read the DOJ announcement here.

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