PhotobucketDETROIT, MICHIGAN (JULY 22, 2011) – A Detroit patient recruiter, Arnaldo Rosario, received a 27-month prison term with three years of supervised release in a sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen. Additionally, Rosario, along with other defendants, must repay $10,765,325 to the U.S. government as restitution for their fraudulent billing of Medicare.
Back in August 2009, Rosario pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud as a result of a fraudulent billing and kickback scheme involving Sacred Hope Medical Center, Dearborn Medical Rehabilitation Center and Xpress Center. Rosario paid kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries who would sign false claims stating they had received services, when in fact they had not. Rosario collected the kickback cash on a daily basis from his co-conspirators in order to pay the beneficiaries for their cooperation. Every new patient brought into the scheme garnered the co-conspirator an additional cash bonus. Between March 2006 and March 2007, Rosario and his co-conspirators billed $15.3 to Medicare and received approximately $10,765,325.

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