LAWFUEL – Legal News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United…

LAWFUEL – Legal News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, announced that defendant, Marcelo De Jesus Serrano, today pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Marcia G. Cooke in Miami, Florida to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

At the plea, Serrano admitted to conspiring with others to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare for various services from 2003 to 2005. These services were allegedly performed by two local laboratories and resulted in the payment of approximately $2.5 million in false claims. Serrano controlled the two laboratories, Biocyte Laboratories, Inc and Washington Medical Laboratory, Inc., and used nominees to conceal his control of the labs.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Serrano agreed to the forfeiture of approximately $1.2 million in fraud proceeds in an Etrade account. Serrano is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17, 2007, and faces a maximum punishment of 10 years’ imprisonment.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney William J. Parente Jr.

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 http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov/ or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov/ .

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