Two Florida men receive prison sentence for Medicare fraud

April 2, 2008

The owners of two Miami-based healthcare corporations were sentenced to 63 and 56 months in prison for their roles in separate Medicare fraud schemes

The owners of two Miami-based healthcare corporations were sentenced to 63 and 56 months in prison for their roles in separate Medicare Fraud Strike Force, defendant Juan Carlos Castaneda, the owner and operator of International Surgical-Med Pharmaceuticals Corp. (International), a Miami pharmacy, was sentenced on March 28 to 63 months in prison by U.S. District Judge James Cohn in federal court in Miami. Jorge Novoa, the owner and operator of Sunny Nutrition Services, a Miami durable medical equipment (DME) company, was sentenced on March 27 to 56 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Donald L. Graham. The indictment charged Castaneda with conspiring to pay cash kickbacks to 72 owners of DME companies in exchange for compounded aerosol medication prescriptions. The indictment charged that Novoa conspired to defraud the Medicare program through fraudulent claims and kickbacks in which he obtained Medicare cards and personal information from Medicare beneficiaries in order to submit fraudulent claims for unnecessary medical equipment and aerosol medications.

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