Federal prosecutors arrested the owners of two Georgia-based telemedicine companies on Feb. 4th on charges of conspiracy ranging from fraud to money laundering. Reinaldo Wilson, 51, and his wife, Jean Wilson, 49, allegedly led a scheme to receive kickbacks and bribes for ordering orthodontic braces through Medicare for people who didn’t need them. The indictment indicates the plan operated between March 2017 and April 2019.
A pharmacist operating in New Port Richey, Florida as well as seven other individuals pleaded guilty last month to a compounding pharmacy fraud scheme, resulting in the forfeiture of various real properties, cars, and a 50-foot boat.
By the end of the scheme, which lasted about 3 years, the total value generated by the scheme was over $100 million.
Jorge Emilio Perez de Morales of Cuba was arrested in Madrid, Spain last week on a money laundering charge in compliance with an international arrest warrant issued in 2012 by the Justice Department and U.S. attorney’s office in Miami.
Morales, 52, has been wanted in Miami, Florida for the past five years for allegedly running one of the largest Medicare-related money-laundering operations in U.S. history. He was indicted on a conspiracy charge in 2012 for laundering $238 million in illicit Medicare payments through South Florida. His attorney expects him to seek bond in Spain and challenge his extradition to the U.S.
Todd Stephens and Stacy Cliett of Palm Beach, Florida were arrested last week for allegedly stealing art worth over $10 million from a home in Lantana. Stephens, 52, and Cleitt, 43, face charges for grand theft over $100,000. Court records show that they were both released from Palm Beach County jail on September 24 after they each posted a $15,000 bail. News sources did not name attorneys for the pair.
According to the police report, Cliett and Stephens allegedly stole “millions of dollars” worth of art from an unnamed Lantana homeowner who was romantically involved with Cliett. The victim of the alleged theft reported the incident to police on September 20.
Gabriela Alegria of Miami, Florida was arrested last Friday for allegedly attempting to illegally inject an undercover agent with Botox. Before her arrest, Alegria, 43, was awaiting sentencing for her involvement in a Medicare fraud case.
Alegria was ordered to be held in lieu of a $50,000 bond during her bond hearing last week with the added stipulation that she remain under house arrest should she post bail. News sources did not specify an attorney for Alegria.