Saturday, October 20, 2012

Beatriz Ramos has Pleaded Guilty for her Role in a Conspiracy and Scheme to Defraud Medicare and Medicaid


McALLEN, Texas - Beatriz Ramos, 28, of Edinburg, a former biller for RGV DME, a now defunct McAllen area durable medical equipment (DME) business, has pleaded guilty today for her role in a conspiracy and scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billings, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today along with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Ramos, a former biller for Marcelo Herrera who did business as RGV DME was charged along with Herrera, 39, his wife Carla Cantu Herrera, 31, and Ramon De La Garza, 51, all of Mission, in a 22-count federal indictment on June 26, 2012. The charges included one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, six counts of health care fraud, five counts of wire fraud and 10 counts of aggravated identity theft.

Ramos appeared in front of United States District Judge Micaela Alvarez this afternoon and entered a plea of guilty to conspiring with Marcelo Herrera, his wife and De La Garza to submit false and fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid. Ramos admitted bills were sent to Medicare and to Medicaid for DME that was never prescribed, never delivered and not needed. Ramos also admitted that to conceal their fraud, she and her co-defendants forged and falsified documents and illegally used the identities of beneficiaries and doctors on their unlawful billings.

The indictment alleges Marcelo Herrera doing business as RGV DME submitted approximately 25,000 claims totaling approximately $11 million to Medicare and Texas Medicaid for DME allegedly provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and was paid more than $7.1 million. Ramos admitted that 80 to 90 percent of the billings were fraudulent and that the fraudulent claims to Medicare were sent by wire transmissions in interstate commerce.

Ramos faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Ramos remains free on bond pending sentencing which is scheduled for Jan. 16, 2013.

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