Healthcare fraud trial to last 3 weeks

Four men accused of scamming Medicare out of $150 million that funded a lavish lifestyle with premium San Antonio Spurs tickets and Louis Vuitton clothing will go to trial in early August.

U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera ruled last Tuesday that he will not grant another continuance in the case of Henry McInnis, 47, Jose Garza, 40, both of Harlingen, Rodney Mesquias, 47, of San Antonio, and Francisco Pena, 82, of Laredo.

The men, who have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, aiding and abetting, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks, appeared in federal court where Olvera ruled the trial, which is estimated to last three weeks and includes nearly 260 pieces of evidence, including recordings and photos of alleged cash kickbacks, on Aug. 5.

Source: Healthcare fraud trial to last 3 weeks / The Brownsville Herald

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