LAWFUEL – US Medical Law Health News – R. Alexander Acosta…

LAWFUEL – US Medical Law Health News – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced the conviction of a second medical doctor in connection with $2.1 million Medicare billing fraud scheme involving two Miami HIV/AIDS clinics.

A Miami jury today convicted Frantz Achille of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud conspiracy and five counts of health care fraud. Achille was a medical doctor at two Miami-based HIV/AIDS clinics in 2005. As alleged in the indictment, Achille and his co-conspirators falsified medical paperwork and later received more than $2.1 million in payments from Medicare for expensive HIV/AIDS treatments and medications. The evidence at trial showed that in most cases, the patients never needed the treatments that were supposedly given — and never received any treatment. The evidence at trial showed that the patients were paid cash bribes or kickbacks to attend the clinics.

Achille is scheduled to be sentenced before U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore on April 17, 2007. Achille faces a maximum punishment of 10 years’ imprisonment on each of the counts for which he was convicted.

Last year, Rosa Walled, Rafael Walled, Gregory Delatour and Adela Faustina Gonzalez previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison terms in connection with the same scheme.

Isaac Nosovsky, a former Weston plastic surgeon, was convicted by a jury last year in connection with fraud at one of the two clinics. In August 2006, he was sentenced to 65 months’ 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. and Assistant United States Attorney Luis M. Pérez.

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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