TAMPA THERAPY COMPANY EXECS PLEAD GUILTY TO MEDICARE FRAUD

PhotobucketTAMPA, FLORIDA – Angel Gonzalez and Adrian Chalarca, both of Miami pled guilty each to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Pizzo in Tampa, Florida. From 2009 to 2010, the defendants submitted claims to Medicare for more than $757,000 on behalf of their company, Dynamic Therapy Inc.
Gonzalez as owner and vice president and Chalarca as president and administrator of Dynamic bought the company from the previous owners and began running it as a fraudulent business. The defendants paid kickbacks and bribes to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for their billing information to submit claims for physical therapy services that were never provided. In addition, Gonzalez and other co-conspirators stole the identity of a physical therapist and other Medicare beneficiaries to submit more false claims. Gonzalez and Chalarca admitted that therapy services were never provided.
Additionally, Andres Cespedes, another vice president, pled guilty in May for his part in the scheme. When sentenced, Gonzalez and Chalarca could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. No sentencing date has been set.