A whopping 14 individuals were arrested on Wednesday, March 11 in connection with a healthcare fraud scheme that scammed more than $130 million from major public companies, the city of Miami, and Miami-Dade County public schools. They are being accused of submitting false claims for pain injections to treat knee and back pain. The insurance companies that were defrauded mainly include major entities such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare and Cigna.
On Friday, March 6 Gilberto Suarez of South Florida was sentenced to one month in prison plus five months of house arrest for his role in smuggling baseball star Yasiel Puig from Cuba. Suarez's plea agreement also mandates that he no longer be involved in Aldemys Diaz's contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Diaz is also from Cuba.
Psychiatrist Barry Kaplowitz was convicted by a jury yesterday in another case of Medicare fraud In South Florida. Kaplowoitz was on the payroll at Hollywood Pavilion, a Broward County psychiatric facility. The same jury also found Tiffany Foster, who had served in an administrative capacity at the same facility guilty. Hollywood Pavilion, has the subject of a prominent Medicare fraud case.
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.
Miami-Dade police officer Joshua Zacarias was arrested on Tuesday, February 3 and charged with official misconduct. The charge stems for a hit-and-run accident that took place at the Miami Lakes district station. Zacarias originally reported that the damage was caused when someone vandalized his car with a key.
Early in the morning of August 22, 2010, Lindsay Armada was headed home from a night of partying with friend at Downtown Miami's late-night hotspots, Nocturnal and Space. Armada was driving on the Palmetto Expressway when she tried to pass a car, but instead struck a curb and lost control of her car. State troopers reported that Armada then crashed into a tree on the side of the highway. The crash killed two of her passengers, Nicolas Garzon and Luis Suarez, and left the third passenger, Ashley Tellez, in a body cast for six months. A witness estimated that Armada was traveling at a speed of about 90 miles per hour.
Recently, Miami-Dade prosecutors charged Raymundo Rodriguez Fernandez in the March 2014 death of Cheri Rollins. Rollins was a well-respected advocate for gay and lesbian rights and a vocal proponent against school privatization in Philadelphia, where she lived.
Tragedy struck early on the morning Wednesday, January 21, when a driver struck two bicyclists who were traveling along the eastbound lanes of Crandon Boulevard near Crandon Park Marina. One of the bicyclists, Walter Reyes, died on the scene. The second bicyclist, Henry Hernandez, remains hospitalized in serious, but stable condition.
A few weeks back we wrote about the pending performance-enhancing drug use by Alex Rodriguez. The investigation cited eight defendants including Carlos Acevedo who partnered with Anthony Bosch. Acevedo and Bosch shut down their anti-aging clinic called Biogenesis of America in 2013 just before the investigation began. We know now that the clinic was in part used to sell to performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball (MLB) players.
Instagram is more than just a mobile photo and video social networking service. It has become a valuable source of evidence for today's law enforcement. There are numerous cases in South Florida where Instagram users have posted incriminating photos to the site; these photos have been instrumental in arrests and convictions.