Health Care Co. Owners Cop To $200M Medicare Fraud

Law360, New York (April 14, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT) -- The owners of Miami-based American Therapeutic Corp. pled guilty Thursday to masterminding a complex eight-year Medicare fraud scheme involving more than $200 million in fraudulent claims.

Lawrence Duran, 49, and Marianella Valera, 40, pled guilty to all counts listed in a superseding indictment — including 38 felony counts for Duran and 21 felony counts for Valera — at an arraignment hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Duran and Valera admitted that starting in 2002, they paid bribes and kickbacks to...
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