17 September – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael S. Clemens, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that defendant, Dr. Fredesvinda M. Gonzalez Pina, was arrested today based on an Indictment charging her with conspiracy to commit fraud against the United States (Medicare fraud). The case has been assigned to United States District Court Judge Paul C. Huck.
According to the charges in the Indictment, Gonzalez Pina was involved in creating various durable medical equipment companies that were designed to defraud Medicare. Specifically, the Indictment charges Gonzalez Pina with conspiracy to defraud the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. Co-conspirators Mildred Cruz Natal, an accountant, Rudolfo Frescobaldi, and Carlos Ravelo have already been charged and pled guilty.
The Indictment alleges that Gonzalez Pina wrote prescriptions for durable medical equipment for patients she had not seen, or for equipment that was not needed by the patient, and/or for equipment that the patient never in fact received. In turn, the owners of the durable medical equipment companies (co-conspirators Cruz Natal, Frescobaldi and Ravelo) would file reimbursement claims with Medicare. In exchange for writing the prescriptions, Gonzalez received a monetary kickback from the owners of the companies. The claims submitted to Medicare sought reimbursement for at least one of the following types of equipment: ventilators, suction pumps, appliance cleaners, or incontinence supplies.
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laurence Bardfeld.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.