Criminal defense attorney in South Carolina discusses Medicare fraud scheme in North Carolina. According to prosecutors, Armando Gonzalez is a convicted cocaine trafficker who got involved in Medicare fraud schemes in the mid-2000’s when he opened mental health clinics in the Kendall and Cutler Bay areas. By 2008, Gonzalez suspected the feds were on to him, the Miami-Dade resident moved to North Carolina and took his businesses with him. Before he was recently arrested, he was planning to open a psychotherapy clinic in Tennessee.
His charges are related to conspiracy to steal $63 million from Medicare. He has now been ordered to be held without bail since prosecutors argued that he is a flight risk due to the fact that he faces 30 years to life in prison. According to reports, “Gonzalez’s three clinics — accused of entertaining patients with TV and movies instead of providing actual group psychotherapy sessions — collected $28 million from the Medicare program for seniors and the disabled between 2004 and 2011. Justice Department lawyers say in court papers that the ‘vast majority’ of the money ‘has disappeared’ with a ‘substantial portion … laundered through shell corporations.’”
Last week, Gonzalez was indicted on a variety of Medicare fraud charges along with eight co-defendants, including a registered nurse, John Thoen, and other employees of his company, Health Care Solutions Network.
Eight other people were named in the indictment with Gonzalez, including Serena Joslin of Buncombe County, who was the clinical coordinator for HCSN-NC, and Alexandra Haynes of Miami-Dade and Henderson counties, who was program coordinator for HCSN-NC.
Also charged are Daniel Martinez, Raymond Rivero and Ivon Perez, owners of three assisted-living facilities in the Homestead area called Mi Renacer, God Is First, and Kayleen and Denis Care. The owners are accused of taking bribes from Gonzalez in exchange for supplying a steady flow of patients, including many who suffered from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and could not have benefited from the therapy.
As part of the criminal case, prosecutors are seeking to recover the $28 million that Medicare paid Gonzalez’s businesses in Miami-Dade and North Carolina. They want to seize his 3,500-square-foot house in Hendersonville, which was on the market for $750,000 before his arrest. They also want to seize his 17 vehicles, including two Cadillac Escalades, a BMW, a Mercedes Benz and Ford vans, for transporting patients. Hopefully he hires a good criminal defense attorney.
If you or someone you know has been charged with fraud, you will need to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area. Call one of the Myrtle Beach lawyers at The Mace Firm to schedule your free consultation.