Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gilbert Sanabria, Jr. Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud and Bribery


Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; and Christopher B. Dennis, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Office of Investigation, announced the arrest and indictment of Gilbert Sanabria, Jr., of Hollywood, Florida, on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to commit bribery, and bribery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1349, 371, and 201(b), respectively.

According to charges, defendant, Sanabria, Jr., operated and controlled South Florida Health Care Connection Inc., a Broward corporation that was in the business of, among other things, opening and purchasing corporations that purportedly provided medical services and equipment to Medicare beneficiaries; selling and/or brokering the sale of such corporations to others; and assisting corporations with Medicare enrollment paperwork. The indictment alleges that the defendant, through South Florida Health Care Connection sold and/or brokered the sale of medical clinics to others, who would in turn submit false claims to Medicare. In addition, the indictment alleges that the defendant provided money and items of value to an employee of Medicare contractor First Coast Service Options in exchange for expedited approvals for Medicare enrollment applications and other paperwork for the fraudulent clinics.

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