Monday, February 14, 2011

8 Miami-Dade County nurses prison-bound for fraud

8 Miami-Dade County nurses prison-bound for fraud
The Miami Herald
The Associated Press

Eight Miami-Dade County nurses have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution for helping two agencies fleece millions from Medicare.

The nurses worked for two home health care agencies, ABC Home Health and Florida Home Health Care Provider.

According to the Justice Department, each of the eight nurses pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. The nurses admitted falsifying patient records for Medicare beneficiaries to make it seem like they qualified for services from the two agencies.

The nurses' prison sentences range from five months to 2 1/2 years. Each has been ordered to pay restitution. Those amounts range from roughly $66,000 up to $699,000.

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