Two More DME Owners in Miami Arrested for Health Care Fraud

handcuffs-and-calculator-on-headlines-about-white-collar-crime.jpgAn investigation coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice Medicare Fraud Strike Force, supervised by the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Miami has resulted in the arrest of Emilio Felipe Lopez, 47, and Orlando Hernandez Estevez, 25, both of Miami-Dade County. The arrests by federal agents stem from two separate indictments charging Estevez and Lopez with health care fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1347.
According to the indictment, Emilio Felipe Lopez was the president of Charlie RX, Inc., a DME business operating in Hialeah, Florida. The indictment alleges that Charlie RX submitted $689,853 in false claims to Medicare for, among other items – are you ready for this one – male vacuum erection systems for female patients! The company received $370,838 from in Medicare based upon its false billings.
According to a separate indictment returned in March 2010, Orlando Hernandez Estevez was the president of Happy Trips of Miami, Corp., another DME business operating in Hialeah, Florida. The indictment alleges that Happy Trips submitted $1,188,956 in false claims to Medicare for inhalation drugs. The company received $364,120 from Medicare based upon the false billings.
Since their inception in March 2007, Strike Force operations in seven districts have obtained indictments of more than 560 individuals who collectively have falsely billed the Medicare program for more than $1.2 billion.
The HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the HHS-OIG, are taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers. To learn more about the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), click: here.