Sunday, December 2, 2007

6.4 million healthcare fraud and money-laundering scheme

Raul Rodriguez, 34, Miramar, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for helping to orchestrate a $6.4 million healthcare fraud and money-laundering scheme involving both of the prime Medicare fraud schemes in South Florida -- durable medical equipment companies and AIDS/HIV clinics, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday afternoon.
Claiming he had special abilities from a Higher Power, Rodriguez told FBI agents they ''would die'' as a result of his religious powers, according to the prosecutor's press release.
In August 2007, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to four counts involving fraud, money laundering and a conspiracy to obstruct the investigations.
U. S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez also ordered to pay $6.5 million in restitution to the Medicare program, pay a $5.7 million money judgement, plus forfeit $100,000 in cash and a 2007 Land Rover.
Co-defendants Armando Arias, Carlos Enrique Monteagudo, Alain Rhaf Vega, Marisol Gonzalez-Torres were sentenced earlier this month. Another three are scheduled to be sentenced this month in connection with their actions at Coral Way Professional Health Services.
The case is being prosecuted by William J. Parente Jr., a lawyer with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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