Friday, April 29, 2016

Patient Recruiter for Miami Home Health Agencies Convicted of Receiving Health Care Kickbacks and Conspiracy

A patient recruiter for several Miami-area home health agencies was convicted on April 1, 2016 for his role in a fraud and kickback scheme that resulted in the submission of millions of dollars in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare.

After a jury trial, Carlos Rodriguez Nerey was convicted of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay and receive health care kickbacks and one count of receiving health care kickbacks.  According to evidence presented at trial, Mr. Nerey presented that he worked at a staffing company called Sweet Life Staffing Inc. but was in fact a patient recruiter for Dand D Home Health Inc. and Mercy Home Care, Inc., two home health care agencies in Miami.  Evidence at trial was that Mr. Nerey's company received approximately $250,000 for payments for the referrals of patients. The Medicare billing for the referred patients involved more than $2 million in payments to D and D and Mercy.  Sentencing is set for May 27, 2016 before U.S. District Judge Gayles.

Posted by Tracy Green, Esq.
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