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Medicare fraud scheme places AIDs, cancer patients at risk

Medicare fraud scheme

places Aids, cancer patients at risk

Money squandered on Lamborghini Gallardo and Jewelry

January 04, 2009

Ihosvany Marquez was charged with Medicare fraud and conspiracy charges after medical clinics he owned or controlled charged the government millions for fake services.

Marquez was living the good life, according to prosecutors, who said he spent a cool $2.7 mil on a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Lamborghini Murcielago, a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, two (2) Bentley Continental GTs, two (2) Mercedes Benz CL63s, and at least six (6) Mercedes Benz S550s. What the hey, when you make a $21 million dollar billing error you can afford a few luxuries.
"Marquez also bought $500,000 in jewelry, and more than $1million on horses"
If the cars were not enough, Marquez also bought $500,000 in jewelry, and more than $1million on horses during 2007 and 2008. According to the prosecution, Marquez, a Miami resident, spent the bucks but did not report any income in Florida. How could he have afforded such things without making money?

Maybe the prosecutors are jealous. But they say Marquez submitted at least $55 million in false claims to Medicare for infusion therapy, injection therapy, and other treatments for patients suffering from cancer, HIV, chronic pain, and other illnesses.

Medicare fraud is straining the system to the breaking point, and threatens future treatment for AIDS and cancer patients and for others who rely on the health care plan in their retirement.

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The criminal enterprise involved the use of medical clinics as fronts including Zigma Medical Care, Inc., Tender Loving Care Medical Center, Inc., Professional Medical Health, Inc., Metro Med Care, Inc., San Diego Medical & Rehab Center, Inc., Eulogia's Diagnostic Medical Center, Inc., and Stop Injury Medical Center, Inc.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan Stumphauzer and Daniel Bernstein.  The official press release can be found at the following link:

In order to conceal the conspiracy, Marquez hired front men to sign corporate resolutions, serve as straw owners, sign checks, and keep the auditors guessing. Sometimes too much of a good thing is not so hot. Perhaps if Marquez had kept a lower profile he would have avoided detection.
"they skipped the country or are on the run"

According to prosecutors, Marquez paid his straw owners well. Apparently they were smarter than he is. When they got wind the government was on to them, they skipped the country or are on the run. One of them is Madelin Machado of Zigma Medical who Miami prosecutors would like to meet. If you see a Lamborghini Gallardoa hauling down the road maybe you should call law enforcement!

The charges area allegations only.  Every person has the right to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.


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