Medical Biller Pleads Guilty In Laboratory Scam – US Attorney

LAWFUEL – Legal Newswire – 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 that defendant, Lenka Slepickova, of Miami Beach, Florida, pled guilty before United States District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga in Miami, to one count of health care fraud conspiracy.

The case stemmed from a fraudulent clinical laboratory billing scheme involving, Washington Medical Laboratory, Inc. formerly located in Hallandale Beach, Florida. According to an Information filed with the Court, Slepickova and her co-conspirators submitted more than $2,100,000 in fraudulent Medicare claims from 2004 through 2006.

In April 2007, United States District Marcia G. Cooke sentenced Slepickova’s employer and laboratory owner , Marcelo de Jesus Serrano, to a 57-month term of imprisonment for his role in the health care fraud scheme. Serrano also forfeited in excess of $2.8 million in cash and stock holdings.

Slepickova is scheduled to be sentenced on May 15, 2008. Slepickova faces a maximum punishment of 10 years’ imprisonment on the count for which she was convicted.

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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