'Figurehead' lab owner pleads guilty in $30M fraud scheme

A Pompano Beach, Fla., man the Justice Department said was the figurehead owner of a lab company pleaded guilty to his role in a $30 million Medicare fraud scheme. 

Robert Clark, 29, and his co-conspirators — including the true owner of the lab — illegally purchased Medicaid Beneficiary Identification numbers and then used them to bill Medicare for over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits, according to a March 26 Justice Department news release. 

Mr. Clark and his co-conspirators also paid kickbacks and bribes to marketers in exchange for referrals of Medicare beneficiaries for genetic tests, according to the release. Medicare paid about $15 million of the $30 million in fraudulent claims.  

He is scheduled to be sentenced June 20 and faces a maximum of five years in prison. 

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