The U.S. attorney in Miami indicted three former employees of 300-bed Kendall Regional Medical Center, an HCA hospital in Miami, for allegedly generating nearly $7 million in phony supply orders and collecting the proceeds through shell companies.
Joanna Delfel, Victor Garcia and Sylvia Oramas each face a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. The alleged scheme also included three unnamed co-conspirators, according to information U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta filed June 5 in U.S. District Court in Miami. Two of them are described as employed in positions of authority at Pharmed Group, a bankrupt supply company that was a vendor for Kendall Regional, and the other was employed in a position of authority for Allied Medical Products, a purported medical supply company.
Delfel, whod previously been an inventory analyst for Kendall Regional, worked in HCAs supply center for its hospitals in east Florida. She allegedly used her access to HCAs computerized supply-management system to place phony orders along with Garcia, and the deliveries were documented with fake invoices from Pharmed and Allied Medical Products, according to the court document. Oramas, who worked in housekeeping at the hospital, allegedly set up a shell corporation that served to steer the proceeds to the conspirators.
We appreciate the effort by law enforcement, Kendall Regional spokesman Peter Jude said. -- by Gregg Blesch