U.S. — Physicians Charged with Healthcare Fraud, Identity Theft in PR

From the HealthIT Security news item:

A District of Puerto Rico Federal Grand Jury charged the owner of a durable medical equipment company and three physicians with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, healthcare fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The defendants reportedly “conspired with each other and with other individuals known and unknown to the grand jury to defraud Medicare,” according to a US Department of Justice release. The alleged scheme also occurred from on or about February 20, 2007 through on or about July 18, 2013.

“The federal charges stem from an alleged scheme whereby Javier Efraín Siverio-Echevarría, as owner of Equipomed Care Corp., a durable medical equipment company with offices in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, would use the personal identifying information of Medicare beneficiaries, to invoice Medicare for durable medical equipment that these beneficiaries did not need or to whom the equipment would not be delivered,” the statement explained.

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http://healthitsecurity.com/news/physicians-charged-with-healthcare-fraud-identity-theft-in-pr

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