Feds foil four in fraudulent family

Monday, December 31, 2007

MIAMI – Four members of the same family were each sentenced to 57 months in prison for Medicare fraud and ordered to pay roughly $1.4 million in restitution. Nov. 8. Carlos Berenguer, 61, Ivan Aguera, 34, Aristides Berenguer, 64, and Robert Berenguer, 58, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez in Miami. The four defendants pleaded guilty to all counts in March 2007. Through their companies, Select Medical Equipment, Professional Medical Equipment and Palm Medical Equipment, the four recruited and paid Medicare beneficiaries to take part in scams that included falsely billing Medicare for unnecessary concentrators and compounded respiratory medications.