FEDERAL JURY CONVICTS TWO OF MEDICARE FRAUD IN DETROIT

infusion.1.jpgDETROIT, MI (May 6, 2011) – Two owners of a Dearborn HIV-infusion clinic were convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to pay health care kickbacks, health care fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Leonio Alayone, the person who helped them launder their financial gains, was convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering.
According to the superseding indictment, the two owners and brothers, Martin and Joaquin Tasis, paid kickbacks to patients when the brothers used the patients’ Medicare accounts to bill for services never performed. Evidence showed that the Dearborn Rehabilitation and Medical Center was specifically established for the purpose of defrauding Medicare. From 2005 to 2007, Medicare was billed $9.1 million by the clinic for medically unnecessary treatments or services that were never performed.
Initially, the clinic was located in South Florida. The brothers later moved the clinic to Michigan when law enforcement became suspicious of possible fraudulent practices. So far 12 individuals involved in the case have been convicted for their part in the fraud; two others are awaiting trial.
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