South Texas men convicted of hospice care fraud charged again

Two men serving prison sentences for health care fraud have been charged once again in federal court.

On Thursday, criminal complaints were filed against Rodney Mesquias, 51, and Henry McInnis, 51, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The complaints charge Mesquias and McInnis with conspiring to violate the False Claims Act during a health care fraud scheme they operated from 2009 to 2018.

Specifically, Mesquias and McInnis, both Harlingen residents, are accused of violating the act by submitting false claims to Medicare for medically unnecessary hospice care and home health services.

In November 2019, Mesquias and McInnis were found guilty of committing health care fraud. Mesquias and McInnis were sentenced to 20 years and 15 years in prison, respectively. Mesquias was additionally fined $120 million to pay to Medicare.

An investigation revealed Mesquias and McInnis engaged in a $150 million scheme falsely claiming people needed hospice care while operating Merida Group, a health care company that had dozens of locations throughout Texas.

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