Florida clinic owner, pharmacist convicted for clinical trial fraud

The owner of a Miami-based medical clinic and a staff pharmacist were charged Sept. 5 with fraud after an investigation revealed the two workers falsified clinical trial data and submitted fraudulent invoices for more than $270,000. 

The two defendants are Miguel Angel Montalvo Villa, 53, the CEO and co-owner of AMB Research Center, and Ivette Maria Portela Martinez, 53, a pharmacist and data entry specialist at the clinic. From 2015 to 2018, the two enrolled patients without their consent into a clinical trial for an experimental drug for Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea.

The patients did not have CDAD, but Mr. Montalvo and Ms. Portela falsified hundreds of documents into clinical trial databases, according to the Justice Department.

Their sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 30. 

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