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Home Health Patient Recruiter Convicted of $2 Million Home Health Care Fraud Scheme

April 7, 2016

Carlos Rodriguez Nerey, a patient recruiter for several Miami-based home health companies, has been convicted for his role in a fraud and kickback scheme that resulted in fraudulently submitting millions of dollars in false claims to Medicare.

Mr. Nerey was found guilty 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. He claimed to work for a staffing company but in reality served as a patient recruiter for D&D&D Home Health Inc. (D&D&D) and Mercy Home Care, Inc. (Mercy), two fraudulent home health care companies. Mr. Nerey created a shell company through which he received kickbacks from Mercy and D&D&D, as well as $250,000 for his role in the conspiracy. Medicare paid over $2 million to D&D&D and Mercy for false claims.

The case was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, under the supervision of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Florida. Since its inception in 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has charged nearly 2,000 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program over $6 billion.

Read the full Department of Justice press release.

To report fraud, contact Frohsin & Barger.

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