5 sentenced in $25M Medicare fraud involving Nicaragua, D.R.

5 sentenced in $25M Medicare fraud involving Nicaragua, D.R.

MIAMI (AP) — Five people have been sent to federal prison for their roles in a $25 million Medicare fraud scheme that involved people from Nicaragua & the Dominican Republic posing as U.S. patients.

The sentences imposed last week by a Miami federal judge ranged from 15 months to four years. The five defendants are among 10 who have pleaded guilty after they were charged last year in a 36-count grand jury indictment.

One person, 70-year-old Jose Eloy Sanchez, remains at large & is believed to be in Nicaragua.

p>Court records show the scheme involved use of foreign individuals to pose as if they were Florida residents in the filing of fraudulent Medicare claims. The group used false addresses & paid foreigners to travel to the U.S. to be seen by a doctor.

Source: “Associated Press”