Latebreakers: Medicare fraud strike force convicts owner of Miami DMA company

July 9, 2007

As part of this investigation, two Miami pharmacy owners testified that they billed Medicare for more than $20 million based on the referral of false prescriptions for compounded medications

The owner of a Miami healthcare company has been convicted on charges of defrauding the Medicare program of millions of dollars. After a three-day trial in Miami, the federal jury found Gisela Valladares, owner of PRN Home Health Care Inc., guilty on five counts- from conspiracy to defraud the government to receiving kickbacks. As part of this investigation, two Miami pharmacy owners testified that they billed Medicare for more than $20 million based on the referral of false prescriptions for compounded medications from Valladares and others. Valladares faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 20.