According to court records, the 43-year-old South Florida woman made a number of false claims in state corporate filings. The defendant allegedly claimed to be a physician, as well as a licensed nurse practitioner.
Prosecutors alleged that the defendant was neither a doctor nor a licensed nurse.
The defendant committed the fraud while running a Miami-based company called Vortex Medical Center.
It is believed that the defendant defrauded Medicare by forging prescriptions for home health services.
According to prosecutors, there were others who participated in the fraud as well. The defendant’s company sold the prescriptions to patient recruiters for $100 apiece. The home health service agencies then allegedly submitted the prescriptions to Medicare.
The total value of the false claims was approximately $8.4 million.
The defendant eventually pleaded guilty to health care fraud and identity theft.
Now the defendant has been sentenced to federal prison. The defendant appeared in federal court in Miami, where she was sentenced to 17 years.
For more information about this case, read the PalmBeachPost.com article entitled “South Florida Woman Claiming to be Doctor, Nurse Gets 17 Years Prison.”