Bus Drivers Scammed $1 Million From MDPS Insurance, Prosecutors Say

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Health care fraud is the hot ticket among Miami's white collar criminals these days, and prosecutors today say they've busted a ring that was recruiting school bus drivers to bilk the Miami-Dade Public School's insurance fund to the tune of at least $1 million.

The owner of a fake clinic who allegedly masterminded the scheme and the bus driver who prosecutors say recruited her colleagues both face multiple felony charges.

The clinic's owner, Yasiel Reyes-Gonzalez, routinely paid school employees $800 in cash to visit. Then Reyes-Gonzalez and his cohorts would use the patient's info to bill the schools' insurer for thousands of dollars in procedures they never performed, says State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

His main accomplice in the school system was a bus driver named Cynthia DaSilva, Rundle says. DaSilva earned $100 bonuses for recruiting other bus drivers to the clinic and offered her recruits $50 for any referrals they sent her ways, she says.

Prosecutors showed reporters undercover video of DaSilva talking about the scheme to a detective posing as a potential new client.

In all, the scheme netted at least $1 million, and possibly as much as $3 million, Rundle says.

"It's shameful and it's unacceptable," Miami Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said. "We'll spare no expense to prosecute those responsible.

Reyes-Gonzelez faces seven felony counts of patient brokering, and DaSilva is charged with three counts each of grand theft, patient brokering and insurance fraud. Maria Elena Mendez, another alleged accomplice, faces one count of patient brokering.

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urbabymama
urbabymama

YEP...THE OWNER OF THE CLINIC WAS A 23 YEAR OLD! HOW THE HECK DID HE EVEN GET THAT BUSINESS UP AND RUNNING IN THE FIRST PLACE? STOLEN MONEY TOO I BET!

madhatt3r1
madhatt3r1

I would bet money that the Bus Drivers union had knowledge and was involved with this. AFSCME area bunch of criminals to begin with. From the dishonest Sherman Henry (Union President) to his little croneys. They have been stealing money from union members for years.

michael wind
michael wind

just check every doctor that does medicare and you will find fraud,its millions of dollars of fraud every day....

CARING CITIZEN
CARING CITIZEN

WOW they really nipped that in the but. Only a MILLION..... Who's responsible for that? Did you see the Law Enforcement officer on the News! And his speech about the BUDGET! What a SIGHT!

Jjames9222
Jjames9222

you can blame the union you have to blame  the school board member  and governor  and   and  congress  stealing our  mom  so it  going to be more crime if they  don't fix the system the rich   need to pay tax and give back to this county instead of  stealing from the poor people  like myself

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