Detroit Area Physician Convicted of Healthcare Fraud and Jailed

A jury in U.S. District Court in Detroit has returned verdicts of guilty in the prosecution of a physician charged in an $18 million healthcare fraud. Jose Castro-Ramirez, M.D., was convicted of 13 counts of Medicare fraud and money laundering. The court remanded Ramirez into custody pending his sentencing. Ramirez and others took part in […]

Feds Indict Two Doctors for Medicare Fraud

The United States Attorney in Seattle has obtained grand jury indictments of two Seattle area physicians on charges of defrauding the Medicare program. While the indictments do not allege a relationship between the defendants, the two schemes were allegedly identical. The grand jury charged Dr. Garnik Karapetyan with bilking Medicare of $1.9 million and attempting […]

US Settles Qui Tam Suit

The federal government has settled a qui tam or whistle blower action against a medical device manufacturer. Atricure, Inc., a Ohio based company, will pay $3,760,000 to settle the lawsuit. The action alleged that Atricure engaged in prohibited conduct in the marketing of its surgical ablation devices. Such devices use focused energy to create scar […]

Miami Man Held in Massive Medicare Fraud

The owner of seven Medicare clinics in Miami and Orlando was arraigned on January 4th on charges of submitting $55 million in false claims to Medicare for reimbursement. Ihosvany Marquez was arraigned in federal court in Miami on the charges. The government further alleges that Marquez and his co-conspirators collected approximately $22 million from Medicare […]

Fraud Goes Viral throughout Country; Miami Is Epicenter

Medicare fraud has gone viral in cities throughout the United States. Investigators have found that criminals from particular ethnic groups have become extremely active in Medicare fraud scams. In various cities criminals from different ethnic groups are active in the fraud schemes. Investigators believe that viral patterns of crime occur in close knit ethnic communities […]

Federal Government Targets Medicare Fraud

Beginning in 2007 federal, state, and local law enforcement officials came together in South Florida to form the nation’s first Medicare fraud strike force. The goal of the strike force was to track down and prosecute those defrauding the nation’s multibillion dollar Medicare system. From that beginning in South Florida the government formed a second […]

Medicare Fraud Increasing in Popularity

Federal investigators are finding that Medicare fraud schemes are flourishing throughout the country. The schemers range from small ad hac groups to elaborate networks operated by organized crime groups, including traditional La Cosa Nostra families and Russian mobsters. As more professional crime groups become involved, the stakes rise as do the probabilities of violence to […]

Medicare Fraudster Sentenced

A convicted Medicare fraud schemer received a sentence of more than 12 years in federal prison. Daniel Martinez had pleaded guilty in federal court in Miami to charges of health care fraud and money laundering. Martinez was the leader of a conspiracy that cheated Medicare out of more than $20 million. The defendant had operated […]