LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – R. Alexander Acosta, Uni…

LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Carl Bocchicchio, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Miami Field Office, announced today that defendants, Thaiz Parra and Aleyda Borge, were arrested and charged in connection with their participation in a health care fraud scheme.

Parra and Borge were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Fort Lauderdale. Parra made her initial appearance in federal court this morning, and was released on bond. Borge appeared on June 19, 2006, and was also released on bond.

The charges in the 72-count Indictment arose from the defendants’ operation of Leonza Health Management Group Clinic (“the clinic”). According to the Indictment, the defendants submitted false claims for injection therapy of certain drugs. In fact, however, these drugs had either not been administered, been administered in smaller quantities than claimed, or been administered in exchange for kickbacks. The defendants submitted more than $7.5 million in claims to Medicare for the injections, and the clinic received reimbursement in excess of $3.35 million.

Specifically, the Indictment charges defendant Parra with: (1) conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to Medicare claims, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §286 (Count 1); (2) submitting false claims to Medicare, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §287 (Counts 2-38); (3) payment of kickbacks to patients, in violation of 42 U.S.C. §1320a-7b(b)(2)(A) (Counts 39-47); and (4) money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)(A)(I) (Counts 47-72). Borge, a medical doctor, is charged with: (1) conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to Medicare claims, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §286 (Count 1) and (2) submitting false claims to Medicare, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §287 (Counts 2-38).

If convicted, Parra faces the following maximum penalties: 10 years’ imprisonment on conspiracy to defraud the government (Count 1); 5 years’ imprisonment on each count of submitting false claims to Medicare (Counts 2-38); 5 years’ imprisonment on each count of paying kickbacks to patients (Counts 39-47); and 20 years’ imprisonment on each count of money laundering (Counts 48-72). Borge faces maximum sentences of 10 years’ imprisonment on Count 1, and 5 years’

imprisonment on each of Counts 2-38.

United States Attorney Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General for investigating this case. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Harry Wallace.

A copy of all press releases 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 .

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