Medicare Fraudster Gets 5 Years, $7.9M Restitution

Law360, New York (November 19, 2010, 3:44 PM EST) -- The operator of a Miami-area HIV clinic was sentenced Friday to nearly five years in prison and $7.9 million in restitution for his role in an alleged $109 million scheme to defraud Medicare by submitting false bills and paying kickbacks to patients for the use of their Medicare identification numbers on the bills.

Jose Garcia, 55, was sentenced by Judge Adalberto Jordan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to 57 months in prison, and ordered to repay, along with a previously...
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