Saturday, June 2, 2012

Felicitas Velez Alanis and Erika Ortega Alanis Handed Sentences in Health Care Fraud Scheme


McALLEN, Texas - Felicitas Velez Alanis, 51, and her daughter-in-law Erika Ortega Alanis, 27, both of Brownsville, Texas, have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to defraud the Texas Medicaid program, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today along with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. The pair plead guilty on Feb. 6, 2012, to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and have remained on bond pending sentencing.

Today, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced Felicitas and Erika Alanis to serve 36 and 32 months, respectively. Both women will be placed on supervision for a period of three years following their release from prison. In addition to their sentences, Judge Crane also ordered both women to repay the Texas Medicaid program the sum of $616,390.

Felicitas Alanis was owner and operator of Vel-Ala Inc., a Medicaid provider, which did business as Nisi Medical Equipment and Supplies in and around Brownsville, Harlingen and elsewhere in South Texas. Her daughter-in-law assisted in the day-to-day operation of the company. Felicitas and Erika Alanis admitted at their plea hearing on Feb. 6, 2012, that they conspired to send false and fraudulent bills to the Texas Medicaid program in the name of Nisi Medical Equipment and Supplies for medical supplies that they did not provide to Medicaid beneficiaries. Between on or about Jan. 1, 2005, through on or about Oct. 12, 2006, the pair regularly billed the Texas Medicaid program for200 boxes of alcohol preparation pads when in fact they knew that only one box had been delivered at a time. As a result, the pair received $600 from each fraudulent billing rather than $3 for the one box of alcohol preparation pads that they actually delivered.

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