Number of Medicare Fraud Fugitives Leads To Stricter Supervision Of Charged Defendants

fugitive.jpgSome 60 defendants charged with Medicare Fraud in the Southern District of Florida have fled pending trial since 2004. Many who have fled are of Cuban origin, leading authorities to conclude that they have returned to Cuba, which is generally out of reach of U.S. law enforcement.
Previously, defendants were able to be released on minimal restrictions. However, over the last year judges in the Southern District have been denying bond and placing significant restrictions on defendants to assure the presence of Medicare fraud defendants.
In another very good article, Jay Weaver of the Miami Herald, breaks down the fugitive life of one such defendant, Alcides Garcia, originally believed to have fled to Cuba but who had traveled to Mexico, Spain and was eventually arrested in the Canary Islands.
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