A pair of Florida brothers pleaded guilty for their parts in a healthcare fraud scheme that bilked the federal government out of $67 million. The two were part of a larger scheme in which participants filed false claims with Medicare for genetic testing and durable medical equipment that patients did not need and that the defendants obtained with kickbacks.
Daniel M. Carver, 36, of Boca Raton, owned and managed call centers that he used to engage in deceptive telemarketing campaigns targeting Medicare beneficiaries to solicit them for unnecessary genetic testing and durable medical equipment. Louis “Gino” Carver, 32, of Delray Beach, worked for these call centers and acted as a straw owner for a laboratory that submitted false genetic testing claims.
As we first wrote about in March 2022, the brothers and eight of their co-conspirators paid kickbacks and bribes to telemedicine companies in exchange for completed doctors’ orders, sold doctors’ orders to laboratories and durable medical equipment companies in exchange for kickbacks, forged doctors’ and patients’ signatures, and tricked medical providers into ordering medically unnecessary genetic testing. They were indicted in February 2022.
Daniel Carver pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay and receive kickbacks. He faces up to 25 years in prison. Louis Carver pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and faces up to 10 years in prison. Both are scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 5.
The other defendants are Thomas Dougherty, 39, of Royal Palm Beach; John Paul Gosney Jr., 39, of Parkland; Galina Rozenberg, 39, and Michael Rozenberg, 58, both of Hollywood; Timothy Richardson, 29, of Lantana; Ethan Macier, 22, of Coral Springs; Jose Goyos, 35, of West Palm Beach; and Ashley Cigarroa, 29, of North Lauderdale.
Healthcare fraud and anti-kickback violations are each punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks is punishable by a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale represents healthcare professionals in state and federal court who are charged with fraudulent billing, kickbacks, Medicare and Medicaid fraud and false claims, among others. For more information, contact us at 305-358-4500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org