Unlicensed Miami Clinic Nurse Convicted at Trial and Sentenced for Role in $11 Million HIV Infusion Fraud Scheme
An unlicensed nurse who fled after being charged in 2008 and was captured this year was sentenced today to serve 108 months in prison for her role in a fraud scheme that resulted in more than $11 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare. Carmen Gonzalez, 39, of Cape Coral, Fla., worked at St. Jude Rehabilitation Center, a fraudulent HIV infusion clinic in Miami that was controlled by her cousins, Jose, Carlos and Luis Benitez, aka the Benitez Brothers. Gonzalez was also sentenced for failing to appear at a June 2008 bond hearing. The sentencing follows her conviction at trial to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States to cause the submission of false claims and to pay health care kickbacks and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Gonzalez had previously pleaded guilty to a separate charge of failure to appear.
- Date:December 20, 2013
- Agency:U.S. Department of Justice
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