Friday, March 30, 2012

Detroit Medical Clinic Owner Juan Villa Pleads Guilty to Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON – The owner of a Detroit medical clinic pleaded guilty today for his participation in a Medicare fraud scheme, announced the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Juan Villa, 29, of Miami, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow in the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. At sentencing, Villa faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to the plea documents, Villa owned Blessed Medical Clinic in Livonia, Mich. Villa admitted that he hired patient recruiters who paid cash bribes to Medicare beneficiaries to attend the clinic and provide their Medicare numbers and other information. Villa admitted that he used the beneficiary information to bill for medically unnecessary diagnostic tests and treatments. According to court documents, Blessed Medical Clinic fraudulently billed Medicare $2.4 million during the course of the scheme.

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