PhotobucketMIAMI, FLORIDA (July 7, 2011) – U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard brought the hammer down on Dr. Rene de los Rios, a physician convicted of Medicare fraud, when she sentenced the doctor to 20 years in prison. Judge Lenard expressed outrage at the defendant’s behavior and “blatent lying” during his testimony at trial.
de los Rios, although with others, were part of a Medicare fraud team that sought to bilk the federal fund of millions by submitting claims of $119 million for which they were received $84 million. The other defendants fled to the Dominican Republic and went on to Cuba where it is believed they are in jail for charges unrelated to the Medicare fraud.
The doctor’s attorney, tried to no avail to argue that his 72-year old client is ill with diabetes and a heart condition and requested the sentence be lowered to seven years. Justice Department trial attorney Joseph Beemsterboer argued for a 30-year sentence using the fact that authorities have been unable to locate $1.2 million that the doctor received. The sentence is among the stiffest ever received by a physician convicted of fraud

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