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, Miami Field Office, announced that defendants Joanna Delfel, Victor Garcia, and Sylvia Oramas, three former employees of Kendall Regional Medical Center (“KRMC”), a full-service hospital located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, pled guilty today to charges of conspiring to defraud KRMC of more than $5 million through a sophisticated purchase order scheme. Specifically, the defendants pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years. Sentencing is scheduled for January 8, 2009 at 8:30am before United States District Court Judge Patricia A. Seitz.
As part of the plea, the defendants admitted that from January 2001 until May 2007, they defrauded KRMC by utilizing their knowledge of, and access to, HCA’s computerized supply management system. Specifically, the Defendants manipulated the computer system so that KRMC would issue payments to two outside medical supply vendors, The Pharmed Group, Inc. (“Pharmed”) and Allied Medical Products, Inc. (“Allied Medical”), for medical supplies that were fraudulently ordered, and never actually delivered. To execute the scheme, the Defendants used the computerized supply management system to generate phony purchase orders for medical supplies, and to falsely record that such supplies had been delivered-in-full to KRMC by Pharmed or Allied Medical. Based on these false and fraudulent computer entries, KRMC’s parent company, HCA, Inc. (“HCA”), paid Pharmed and AMP the full amount for the false supply orders, totalling more than $5 million. The fraud proceeds were funnelled back to the Defendants and other co-conspirators through a series of shell corporations, including Soho Marketing, Inc. (“SoHo Marketing”), and Gator Sports Collectibles, Inc. (“Gator Sports”), controlled by members of the conspiracy. Members of the conspiracy then issued checks from SoHo Marketing and Gator Sports to the defendants and other members of the conspiracy and created fraudulent documents to disguise these payments as employee compensation.
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He also acknowledged the cooperative efforts of Kendall Regional Medical Center and its sister HCA affiliates for their assistance in this investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ryan K. Stumphauzer.
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/.