Three Florida doctors and six others charged in $56 million healthcare fraud

June 2, 2008

Three Miami area doctors and six others were charged for defrauding Medicare.

Three Miami area doctors and six others have been charged in four separate indictments for their roles in HIV infusion fraud schemes totalling $56 million, the Department of Justice Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida announced. One indictment alleges that between August 2002 and March 2004, Ronald Harris, M.D., and Enrique Gonzalez conspired to submit approximately $24.5 million in false and fraudulent claims to the Medicare program for HIV infusion services allegedly provided at Physicians Med-Care and Physicians Health Med-Care, HIV infusion clinics that Harris and Gonzalez alledgedly controlled. As part of the scheme, Gonzalez was responsible for the payment of cash kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for signatures from patients stating that they had received the treatment being billed to Medicare when such treatments were not provided and not medically necessary.

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