Home health company owner sentenced in $8.6M fraud scheme

The owner of a Miami-based home health services company and a co-conspirator were sentenced to prison Feb. 27 for taking part in an $8.6 million healthcare fraud scheme, according to the Department of Justice.

Alexander Ros Lazo, owner of T.L.C. Health Services, pleaded guilty to paying kickbacks and bribes to his co-conspirators in exchange for prescriptions for home health services and referrals of Medicare beneficiaries. Mr. Ros Lazo and his co-conspirator, Misleady Ibarra, admitted to billing Medicare for physical therapy services performed by Ms. Ibarra, even though she was not licensed to provide those services.

U.S. Circuit Judge Adalberto Jordan sentenced Mr. Ros Lazo to more than seven years in prison, while Ms. Ibarra was sentenced to two years in prison. Mr. Ros Lazo will also be held liable for $8.6 million in restitution.

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