Five Individuals Charged for Roles in $65 Million Nationwide Conspiracy to Defraud Federal Health Care Programs

The owners of four orthotic brace suppliers and several marketing companies were charged in a complaint unsealed yesterday for allegedly orchestrating a nationwide kickback and bribery scheme to order medically unnecessary orthotic braces for Medicare beneficiaries.

Thomas Farese, 78, of Delray Beach, Florida and Pat Truglia, 53, of Parkland, Florida, the owners of orthotic brace suppliers, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and three counts of health care fraud, all in connection with paying and receiving health care kickbacks and bribes for orders of orthotic braces.

Christopher Cirri, 63, and Nicholas DeFonte, 72, both of Toms River, New Jersey, the owners and operators of a fraudulent marketing company were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in connection with paying and receiving health care kickbacks and bribes for orthotic brace orders. Cirri and DeFonte were arrested and appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jessica S. Allen of the District of New Jersey.

Source: Five Individuals Charged for Roles in $65 Million Nationwide Conspiracy to Defraud Federal Health Care Programs / Department Of Justice

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