A Miami man who owned a consulting and staffing company was sentenced to five years in prison for his part in a $2.3 million scheme to defraud Medicare.
Carlos Rodriguez Nerey, the 45-year-old owner of Nerey Professional Services, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles. The judge also ordered Nerey to pay nearly $2.4 million in restitution.
After a one-week trial that ended April 1, 2016, a jury convicted Nerey of receiving kickbacks in connection with Medicare and of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and pay healthcare kickbacks. At the trial it was revealed that Nerey accepted kickbacks for referring Medicare beneficiaries to Mercy Home Care and D&D&D Home Health Care as patients. Some of the patients didn’t qualify for home healthcare services under Medicare rules.
The investigation was part of the U.S. Attorney’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force.
Click here for the U.S. Attorney’s press release.