Miami Health Care Fraud: ALF operators, recruiters plead guilty in major Medicare fraud case

Operators of South Florida assisted-living facilities and halfway houses charged in one of the nation’s biggest Medicare fraud cases are rushing to plead guilty rather than face risky trials and long prison sentences.
Six defendants are now looking at shorter federal sentences because of their plea agreements.
And a seventh defendant, Joseph B. Williams, 41, who ran an assisted-living facility in Pompano Beach, plans to plead guilty next week to defrauding the taxpayer-funded Medicare program, court records show.
Those seven are among 10 residential operators and recruiters charged in September with supplying patients to Miami-based American Therapeutic Corp., whose owners pleaded guilty earlier this year. Lawrence Duran and Marianella Valera, are serving 50-year and 35-year prison sentences for running a racket to rip off $200 million from Medicare for purported therapy at their chain of seven mental health clinics in South Florida and Orlando.
Among their patient suppliers: Ramchand Ramrup, who ran an assisted-living facility in Palm Beach County with a recent history of state violations.