A federal magistrate judge in Miami last week accepted the guilty plea of Flor Crisologo — owner/operator of J & F Community Medical Center — who admitted to a $23,000,000 healthcare fraud conspiracy, announced DoJ. The plea documents recite an abhorrent scheme to defraud the already over-strained American healthcare system:
Crisologo admitted that she submitted approximately $23 million in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for HIV injection and infusion services purportedly provided through J & F. According to court documents, Crisologo hired a physician at J & F and conspired with the physician and others to order unnecessary tests, sign false medical analyses and diagnosis forms, and authorize treatments to make it appear that medical services were being provided to patients who were Medicare beneficiaries
Additionally, Crisologo admitted to paying kickbacks for “medically unnecessary injection and infusion therapies” and phantom services that were never performed. Crisologo faces up to 10 years in prison plus restitution, fines, and property forfeiture.