Two Arrested, Four Indicted in Miami DME Fraud Scheme

On April 20, 2007, the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, together with the Miami Field Office of the FBI, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, announced the unsealing of an Indictment charging four (4) individuals in connection with a $3 million health care fraud, money laundering, and obstruction-of-justice scheme.
Charged in the 13-count Indictment are defendants Jorge Mariano Hernandez, Marta Saavedra, Tania Michel, and Jorge German Suasnavas. Hernandez, Saavedra, and Michel are charged in connection with a $3 million Medicare billing fraud scheme involving JT & M Medical Services, Inc., a Miami durable medical equipment (DME) company. Hernandez, Saavedra, and Suasnavas are separately charged with a conspiracy to commit money laundering regarding the proceeds of the fraud.
According to the Indictment, the criminal scheme involved the submission of claims for DME that were was neither ordered by doctors nor delivered to Medicare patients. In addition, the Indictment charges that Hernandez and Saavedra, who are married, conspired to obstruct the grand jury’s investigation of the alleged fraud at JT & M. The Indictment charges the pair with destroying records sought by the grand jury and directing a witness to give false testimony.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum of ten (10) in prison on the health care fraud charges and up to an additional twenty (20) years behind bars for the money laundering charge. Hernandez and Saavedra also face a five (5) year maximum prison term for the obstruction conspiracy.