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Elderly/Disabled Sentenced for Medicare kickbacks

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          For many years, Medicare a federal health insurance for the elderly and disabled have been the target of billions of dollars in fraud and abuse; not only by doctors, hospitals, health care providers, but those it’s meant to help – the elderly and disabled.

          Unfortunately, the greed of a healthcare agency has not only landed the providers in prison, but several senior citizens and disabled individuals who were accepting $600 a month kickbacks for allowing the agency to use their Medicare cards to bill the Medicare program of fraudulent claims.

          It saddens me to write that our Crime Divas today are Daymi Fuentes Gil and Olga Martinez Rodriguez of South Florida were recruited as patients by an agency known as Superstar Home Health Care. The information did not provide their ages, or how much money they received in the kickbacks.

          Apparently, Superstar Home Health Care, hired recruiters whom went out into the community and found individuals who were on Medicare. They recruited these individuals by promising them assistance with their U.S. Citizenship application in exchange for their participation and the financial kickbacks. The agency falsified documents that these individuals were suffering from mental illness, which enabled the patients to avoid taking the citizenship test.

          Ms. Gil and Ms. Rodriguez were both sentenced to one year and three months in a federal prison. Fourteen others patients/individuals also charged, but unlike Ms. Gil and Ms. Rodriguez they did not take their case to trial and more than likely got off with probation. In these kinds of legal prosecutions it is almost impossible to win at trail and probably would have served them better to have pleaded guilty instead of going to prison. But, I understand it is sometime a matter of principle that is, if you are innocent of a crime.

          Reports states that Superstar Home Health Care de-fraud the government out of over $52 million dollars. This is only one of many cases of this nature.

This kind of corruption/fraud really bothers me; not the part concerning the elderly and disabled, but the company preying on these people.  I wonder if these elderly/disabled individuals had any ideal that their actions could lead them to these legal convictions.  I’m sure the recruiters did not explain it to them like that.

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