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September 2011 Archives

Medicare fraud conviction leads to 35 year sentence

The co-owner of American Therapeutic Corp., a 40 year old Miami woman, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison and ordered her and her associates to pay back $87 million in restitution. This Medicare fraud sentence comes close on the heels of the 50 year sentence received by fellow owner Lawrence Duran last week. The woman pleaded guilty to 21 felony counts for her role in operating the mental health company.

Sentencing upcoming for insider trading case

Criminal sentences have been growing steadily more severe in nonviolent cases. White collar crime sentences may be reaching a peak as anger over the economic downturn is focused on people charged with financial crimes. A prominent case involving a convicted hedge fund executive could lead to the longest sentence ever recorded if federal prosecutors get their way.

Federal judge gives 50 year prison term for Medicare fraud

Lawmakers, investigators and judges are pushing harder than ever to show that they are dedicated to punishing people convicted of health care fraud. The latest example involved a health care executive in Miami who was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for Medicare fraud. The sentence is 20 years longer than any other sentence given in connection to Medicare fraud. The judge made it clear that it was his intent to provide a deterrent against healthcare fraud in South Florida, an area long regarded as the primary hot spot for fraudulent Medicare claims.

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