LAWFUEL – US Legal Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, Melody Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Atlanta Regional Office, Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Miami, and Bill McCollum, Attorney General, State of Florida today announced that on December 13, 2007, defendants Jose Tomas Iglesias, Leslie Gonzalez, and Marco Marrero were sentenced to prison terms of 57, 20, and 18 months respectively by U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King. The three men pled guilty in August 2007 to conspiring to defraud Medicare in connection with the fraudulent submission of $6.8 million in claims during 2006. Jose Tomas Iglesias also pled guilty to a related charge of money laundering the health care fraud proceeds.
The scheme concerned a fraudulent Miami durable medical equipment company operated by Iglesias and Gonzalez. The two men then brought in Marrero, who operated a medical billing company, to submit bogus DME claims to Medicare. All told, the defendants received $973,000 from Medicare as a result of the fraud. Iglesias also set up a shell corporation, which he subsequently used to launder the health care fraud proceeds.
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Atlanta Regional Office, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Miami, and Office of the Florida Attorney General. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey E. Marcus.
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 United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.