Medicare Fraud Fugitive Found Migrating from Cuba and Arrested at Sea By Tod Aronovitz | 02/27/14 | 0 Comment

The outcome in what has become a familiar scenario—dozens of Medicare fraud suspects fleeing to Cuba to avoid prosecution—depends on whether those fugitives decide to leave Cuba. As a post on our ARONOVITZ Blog reported on November 19, the U.S. is in hot pursuit of Medicare fraud fugitives, many of whom are captured when they try to re-enter this country.

Federal prosecutors announced that one of its most wanted fugitives was recently nabbed in yet a similar circumstance. Hector Hernandez was discovered traveling in a boat with Cuban immigrants to Key West when he was apprehended at sea in January. Investigators believe he fled the U.S. years ago when a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Hernandez was accused of health care fraud and money laundering in July 2009 to the tune of $3.1 million. Through his Miami-based company, Complete Medical Center, Inc., fraudulent Medicare claims were made for durable medical equipment (DME) that was not prescribed by a doctor or ever provided to Medicare patients.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) said about $1.4 million was reimbursed to his company for false claims that included DME items such as sterile gauzes, appliance cleaners, urinary leg bags, and extension drainage tubings.

Alejandro Rodriguez, the original owner of Complete Medical Center and a co-conspirator in the case, pled guilty to health care fraud and was sentenced in February 2010. He received 3 years and 5 months in prison and was ordered to re-pay $1.5 million.

Hernandez remains in custody and is currently awaiting criminal prosecution.

How to Report Miami Medicare Fraud

Healthcare or medical billing employees who have inside knowledge of questionable Medicare billing practices can file a confidential legal claim under the False Claims Act. By acting as a “whistleblower” in what is known as a “qui tam” lawsuit, a private party may collect between 10 to 30 percent of the amount recovered, depending on how the case is prosecuted.

ARONOVITZ LAW: Miami Whistleblower / Qui Tam Law Firm

The Miami Qui Tam law firm of ARONOVITZ LAW routinely works with Miami whistleblowers to document Medicare fraud and other forms of fraud against the government. Contact Miami Whistleblower / Qui Tam lawyer Tod Aronovitz to discuss a case.