MIAMI (AP) — Three former executives at a South Florida psychiatric hospital have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their roles in a $67 million Medicare fraud scheme.
The three worked at Hollywood Pavilion in Broward County. Trial evidence showed they and others paid bribes and kickbacks to recruiters to obtain Medicare beneficiaries who did not qualify for the psychiatric services. Medicare claims were submitted for these patients and documents falsified to cover up the scheme.
U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez imposed a 25-year prison sentence on former Hollywood Pavilion CEO Karen Kallen-Zury. Former clinical director Daisy Miller got a 15-year sentence and physical therapy director Christian Coloma got 12 years.
The case was investigated by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force overseen by the Miami U.S. attorney's office.