PhotobucketMIAMI, FL – The Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services announced that Obel Martinez and Damaris Gil, a married couple, entered into plea agreements and admitted to committing health care fraud. According to the factual proffer filed in court at the the of the guilty plea, Martinez and Gil agreed that it was their scheme to bilk Medicare of $1,089,234 in fraudulent claims. The defendants owned and operated a durable medical equipment company, OM Best Help Corp., which provided equipment as well as prescription drugs to Medicare beneficiaries.
The defendants also used Medicare provider numbers of licensed medical doctors without prior authorization and represented to Medicare that the doctors had written prescriptions for the durable medical equipment, when in fact, they did not. The pair also never provided the equipment to the Medicare beneficiaries after filing the false claims.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 23, 2011, and each defendant could receive up to a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Federal Healthcare Fraud Strike Force teams are currently operating in 9 locations: Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Detroit, Brooklyn, Tampa, Baton Rouge, Dallas and Chicago.
Healthcare Fraud Blog Publisher, Attorney Robert Malove, is an expert criminal trial lawyer as recognized by The Florida Bar. Mr. Malove has extensive experience in the area of health care fraud nd durable medical equipment fraud defense.
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WHITE COLLAR CRIME: HEALTH CARE FRAUD (West)(2010-2011 ed.) to arrange an immediate consultation.