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national-cancer-institute-L8tWZT4CcVQ-unsplash-300x200A doctor in Palm Beach County, FL, was arrested and charged for allegedly participating in a massive health care fraud scheme that involved billing recovering drug and/or alcohol addicts for fraudulent treatments and tests.

Dr. Michael J. Ligotti, 46, of Delray Beach, was charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud. Attorney information was not available.

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quang-tri-nguyen-VxVO1zrY5F8-unsplash-300x200A federal grand jury has indicted a Maryland dentist, his business partner, and another man on federal charges related to an alleged plot to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in Medicaid payments.

The indictment, which was unsealed on July 22, names Edward T. Buford III, 68, of Silver Spring, Maryland; Kasandra Vilchez-Duarte, 44, of Fort Washington, Maryland; and Donnie Amis, 63, of Washington, D.C., as the defendants. They are each charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and mail fraud as well as conspiracy to violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. They were released after their initial court appearances last Wednesday. Attorney information was not available at the time of writing.

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kendal-L4iKccAChOc-unsplash-300x200The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced the arrest of a Coconut Creek man accused of using his businesses to fraudulently obtain federal loans meant for small businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and bilking the Medicare system of at least $5 million.

Carlos Belone, 37, was arrested Friday and charged with wire fraud, payment of health care kickbacks, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and making false statements to a financial institution. His bond was set at $150,000. It is unclear if he has acquired legal representation.

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thermometer-headache-pain-pills-139398-300x200Three individuals were indicted in New Jersey on Thursday for their alleged involvement in a $6 million prescription fraud scheme that targeted state healthcare plans in South Jersey.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey announced a 33-count indictment against Dr. Brian Sokalsky, 42, of Margate; Vincent Tornari, 46, of Linwood; and Ashley Lyons-Valenti, 63, of Swedesboro, for their role in conspiracy schemes to receive kickback payments for medically unnecessary compounded medications. It is unclear if they have acquired legal representation.

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freestocks-nss2eRzQwgw-unsplash-300x200The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has unsealed the indictments of nine pharmacists who were charged last week for their alleged participation in a $12.1 million health care fraud scheme executed in Michigan and Ohio.

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