Respiratory med provider convicted of Medicare fraud

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

WASHINGTON - A Florida-based provider faces up to 30 years in prison for Medicare fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice reported in June. Gisela Valladares, owner of PRN Home Health Care, was found guilty of five counts of fraud: one count of conspiracy to defraud the government, submit false claims and receive kickbacks; one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud; and three counts of receiving kickbacks. Valladares allegedly paid elderly Medicare beneficiaries for their information, which she then used to submit bogus prescriptions for compounded aerosol medications to two fake pharmacies. Valladares receives a sentence Sept. 20.