Consulting firm president gets 5-year prison term for role in kickback scheme

Carlos Rodriguez Nerey, owner and president of a Miami-area consulting and staffing company, has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a $2.3 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to the Department of Justice.

In April, Mr. Nerey was convicted of one count of receiving kickbacks in connection with a federal healthcare program and one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and pay healthcare kickbacks.

According to evidence presented at trial, Mr. Nerey referred Medicare beneficiaries to two home healthcare companies in return for kickbacks. Some of the patients he referred did not qualify for home healthcare services. Mr. Nerey was involved in the kickback scheme from October 2014 to September 2015, according to the DOJ.

In addition to his prison term, Mr. Nerey was ordered to pay more than $2.3 million in restitution.

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