Fla. Patient Recruiter Gets 7 Years In $1.6M Medicare Scheme

Law360 (May 8, 2019, 8:08 PM EDT) -- A South Florida woman was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in federal prison for her role as a patient recruiter in a scheme that led Medicare to pay out about $1.6 million for home health care services that resulted from kickbacks.

Following a four-day trial in February, a jury found Yamilet Diaz, 50, of Hialeah, guilty on one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to receive health care kickbacks and four counts of receiving health care kickbacks, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

In addition to the 87-month prison term, U.S. District Judge James I....

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