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Fraudulent HIV/AIDS Infusion Clinic Scheme Results in Near $6M False Claims to Medicare

April 26, 2010

Medicare paid $2.7 million of $5.8 million in false claims for unnecessary infusion treatments at Tendercare Medical Center in Miami before the scam was discovered. Maria Volero Marrero, the owner of Tendercare, pleaded guilty to the healthcare fraud conspiracy and admitted to paying, Lawrence Edward Humes and Keith Earnest Humes kickbacks to convince Medicare beneficiaries to lend their Medicare numbers and signatures to advance the scheme. Both Humes also pleaded guilty and admitted that the treatments were not medically necessary and sometimes never performed at all. The three will be sentenced on July 23 before U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro Jr. in Miami.

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