Miami is an epicenter of fraud related to government-run healthcare programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Each year, we see medical facility and pharmacy owners, doctors, and even hospital systems wrapped up in fraudulent billing or referral practices. Just this summer, there have been two major fraud-related crackdowns that have affected a wide network of assisted-living facilities here in Miami. These stories show the intricacies and details of how serious this issue is here in South Florida.
Attorneys for the defendants in a Miami Medicare fraud case are seeking to have charges dismissed against their clients after evidence implicating federal prosecutors have come to light.
A U.S. District Court Judge recently overturned a Miami jury's verdict on a Medicare Fraud case from 2014. Tiffany Foster, 49, who was found guilty in May of 2014 and was awaiting sentencing, had her conviction reversed due to statute of limitation.
Alejandra Collaza will serve 17 years for Medicare scam that cost taxpayers $8.5 million dollars. Collazo's Hialeah clinic did a booming business. Masquerading as a doctor, Collazo wrote 2,200 false prescriptions for referrals to home-healthcare agencies.