A U.S. District judge in Miami has handed down sentences for two doctors accused of defrauding Medicare as part of a wide-ranging, $5 million scheme that has resulted in 20 convictions.
The Miami-area physicians conspired with other providers and a Florida couple to falsely bill Medicare and other insurers more than $5.5 million from 1997 to 2002 for physical therapy, medicine and medical equipment either not provided or medically unnecessary.
The scheme involved making kickback payments to Medicare patients, falsifying medical records and staging accidents.
Jose Garrido was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $416,741 in restitution to Medicare.
Garrido was also convicted of defrauding private insurers of more than $163,000.
Edgard Zamora, who was convicted of defrauding Medicare of $135,190 and private insurers of $120,459, was sentenced to 27 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.
Both face Nov. 10 restitution hearings and begin serving their sentences Dec. 2.