Miami Federal Judge Slaps Lab Owner with 57-Months in Prison, Forfeits $2.8 Million

On April 18, 2007, U. S. District Court Judge Marcia G. Cooke sentenced Marcelo de Jesus Serrano, a laboratory owner, who previously pled guilty in connection with a $2.5 million Medicare billing fraud scheme to a 57-month term of imprisonment for his role in the health care fraud scheme.
Serrano also agreed to forfeit in excess of $2.8 million in cash and stock holdings, along with three Mercedes Benz automobiles and a motorcycle.
The case stemmed from a fraudulent medical laboratory billing scheme that netted Serrano and his co-conspirators more than $2.5 million in Medicare payments from 2003 through 2005. Serrano operated two clinical labs, Biocyte Laboratories, Inc., and Washington Medical Laboratory, Inc., formerly located in Hallandale Beach, Florida. To conceal his ownership interests in the labs, Serrano incorporated the labs with the State of Florida in the names of fake owners, including a deceased nursing home patient. Serrano then submitted in excess of $5 million in claims to the Medicare program for fraudulent clinical laboratory testing.