By Kevin Deutsch
Residents of Coral Springs and Parkland were among those charged over their alleged roles in a $67 million healthcare, wire fraud, kickback and money laundering fraud involving unnecessary medical tests, prosecutors said.
According to the Department of Justice, Daniel M. Carver, 35, of Coral Springs, and John Paul Gosney Jr., 39, of Parkland, allegedly submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare for medically unnecessary genetic testing and medical equipment.
Prosecutors were charged with both conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive bribes and kickbacks of bribes, paying and receiving bribes and bribes, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering offenses, according to the records.
Ethan Macier, 22, of Coral Springs, was also arrested in the fraud case and charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, conspiracy to to commit money laundering and money laundering offences, prosecutors said.
Ashley Cigarroa, 29, of North Lauderdale, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and commit health care fraud, records show.
Four other Florida residents also face charges in the case.
The federal indictment alleges that between January 2020 and July 2021, the accused fraudsters paid kickbacks and kickbacks to telemedicine companies in exchange for doctors’ orders for tests and unnecessary equipment. They also falsified Medicare enrollment forms to conceal the true owners and managers of certain labs and submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, prosecutors said.
All are expected to make their first appearances in federal court beginning the week of February 28.
The most serious charges in the case carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Any physicians or healthcare professionals who have been involved in suspected telemedicine or genetic testing fraudulent marketing programs are urged to report the activity by calling the FBI hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
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Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime reporter and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on the staff of the Miami Herald, New York Daily News and Palm Beach Post.