After a six day trial and just over three hours of deliberation, a South Florida jury convicted the owner and manager of three Miami-area home health agencies of all charges for his role in a $57 million health care fraud scheme. Khaled Elbeblawy, of Miramar, Florida, was convicted on January 21, 2016 of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay health care kickbacks. Between January 2006 and May 2013, Elbeblawy and his co-conspirators used the three home health agencies to submit false and fraudulent claims to Medicare that were based on services that were not medically necessary, were not actually provided and were for patients who were procured through the payment of kickbacks to doctors and patient recruiters. Evidence introduced at trial showed Medicare paid approximately $40 million of the total $57 million of false and fraudulent claims submitted by Elbeblawy and his co-conspirators.
The FBI and HHS-OIG investigated the case, which was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Since March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has charged nearly 2,000 defendants who collectively billed the Medicare program over $6 billion.
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