Florida Durable Medical Equipment Owner Convicted of Medicare Fraud

On August 30, 2007, the owner and operator of a Miami durable medical equipment company and an assisted living facility was convicted as charged in a five-count indictment by a federal jury in Miami of Medicare fraud in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. US%20District%20court%20miami%20pic.jpg
After a jury trial at federal court in Miami, the jury found Marianela Smith guilty on all charged counts including conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, to submit false claims to Medicare, and to receive kickbacks; conspiracy to commit health care fraud; and three counts of receiving kickbacks in exchange for referring patients to a co-conspirator pharmacy.
Smith faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Prior to sentencing the U.S. Probation Office will complete a pre-sentence investigation and submit a Pre-Sentence Report to the judge for consideration. The PSI will contain an advisory guideline sentence which the court must consider in determining what type and length of sentence is sufficient, but not greater than necessary, to comply with the statutory directives set forth in 18 U.S.C. ยง 3553(a).
Smith is scheduled to be sentenced November 9, 2007, before U.S. District Court Judge Joan A. Lenard.