Miami Clinic Owner Pleads Guilty in $5 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

thumb-print.jpgMIAMI, FL – Defendant Ramon Moreira, 82, of Miami, pled guilty today to one count of health care fraud, in violation of Title 18, USC, § 1347. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 17, 2011.
According to court records, the fraud involved false billing of durable medical equipment to the Medicare Program. In March 2007, Moreira became the president of J&G Health Care, Inc., a Miami-Dade County DME company. From February through May 2007, Moreira’s company submitted more than $5 million in false claims to Medicare for, among other items, urinary leg bags. Medicare paid approximately $1 million on these false billings.
Moreira was indicted in 2007 and subsequently fled the U. S. After he found out about the health care fraud charges. He was taken into custody attempting to re-enter the United States at the Port of Miami in late last year.