Eight nurses sentenced to prison for Medicare fraud

Eight Miami nurses have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay between $65,000 and $699,000 each for their role in an $18.7 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In July 2010, the nurses were indicted for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. According to court documents, ABC Home Health Inc. and Florida Home Health Care Providers Inc., owned by the nurses, billed Medicare $18.7 million for services that were unnecessary or never provided. To do so, the nurses falsified patient files and knowingly recruited beneficiaries who did not qualify for home health services.

The nurses pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and were sentenced to between five and 30 months in prison by a U.S. District Court judge in Miami (DOJ release, 2/4; Commins, HealthLeaders Media, 2/8).