Lawyer, doctor, patient recruiter plead guilty in $112 million Florida healthcare fraud case

A lawyer who partly owned two South Florida addiction treatment centers and a patient recruiter who worked for him pleaded guilty Wednesday to healthcare-related criminal charges, joining a physician who admitted guilt earlier in the week in a $112 million insurance fraud case involving “sober homes.” All three defendants opted to strike plea deals offered by the Justice Department after two Bal Harbour brothers, Jonathan and Daniel Markovich, were found guilty in November of bilking private insurance companies for substance-abuse services that were either not provided or unnecessary. Their facilities’ detox patients were given a “comfort drink” to sedate them, along with other enticements, so they would keep coming back for costly substance-abuse treatments, prosecutors said. “Their tactics were brazen and the dollar losses immense,” Miami FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro said in a statement after the brothers’ trial, asserting they tried “to cheat their way to riches.”

Source: Lawyer, doctor, patient recruiter plead guilty in $112 million Florida healthcare fraud case / Miami Herald

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