Miami HIV Scammers Guilty of $5.3 Million Medicare Fraud
$5.3 million of those claims came from the not-so-good doctors Keith Russel and David Rothman. Russell, 65, and Rothman, 66, set up a clinic called Medcore Group LLC, which a former manager testified at trial was a bogus shell set-up just to make fake HIV treatment claims.
The doctors would pay fake "patients" a $200-per-visit kickback to pretend to be HIV-infected. They also had a side deal with a medical supply company to buy fake invoices falsely showing the purchase of the outdated "infusion treatment" drugs. Lab assistants would also manipulate patients' blood samples to make it appear they truly had HIV.
In addition to the doctors, the jury also found assistants Eda Marietta Milanes, 43, and Jorge Luis Pacheco, 50, guilty of fraud. Seven other co-conspirators previously plead guilty to the charges.
Sentences are pending for all four.