Authorities in Florida announced criminal charges and arrests in three healthcare fraud cases. The state charged Jeannette Rivera, the former co-owner of Nebu-Med pharmacy in Miami, with racketeering and grand theft for allegedly staging a sham sale of the pharmacy and then continuing to use its provider number to falsely bill Medicaid in a $3 million fraud scheme. Rivera?s former co-owner, Laura Fuentes, was indicted in June on similar charges. Neither could be reached for comment. Separately, state authorities charged another former Miami-area pharmacy owner, Jorge Hernandez, with grand theft and organized fraud. Hernandez also could not be reached for comment. Meanwhile, the U.S. attorney?s office in Miami charged physician Fredesvinda Gonzalez-Pina with conspiracy to commit Medicare fraud. The investigation is ongoing. The government alleged that Gonzalez-Pina received kickbacks for prescribing durable medical equipment that was medically unnecessary and not received by patients. At deadline, Gonzalez-Pina could not be reached for comment. -- by Mark Taylor
Three arrested in Fla. on healthcare fraud charges
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