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3 plead guilty in $20M Medicare fraud scheme

September 6, 2013
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — The owners of a defunct South Florida health care company have pleaded guilty in a $20 million Medicare fraud scheme.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami reports that 60-year-old Roberto Marrero, 49-year-old Sandra Fernandez Viera and 59-year-old Enrique Rodriguez pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to receive and pay health care kickbacks. They each face up to 15 years in prison at a Nov. 12 hearing.

Marrero and Fernandez Viera owned Trust Care Health Services Inc., a Miami home health care agency. Court documents show that the company billed Medicare for expensive physical therapy and services that were not medically necessary.

Rodriguez worked as a patient recruiter on behalf of Trust Care. Authorities say he offered and paid kickbacks and bribes to Medicare beneficiaries.



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