|March 9, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of the Department of Financial Services-Division of Insurance Fraud, Homeland Security, the Kissimmee Police Department, the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, today arrested a couple for defrauding the Medicaid program out of more than $180,000 in fraudulent claims. Oscar Alzate, 48, and Alba Garcia, 48, owners of Digital Radiology Center, Inc. and Medisound, Inc., allegedly operated a clinic without the appropriate Agency for Health Care Administration licensure or proper oversight by a physician as required by Florida law.
The investigation revealed that Alzate and his partner Garcia, neither who are physicians, billed the Medicaid program for services never rendered. According to sworn testimony provided by Medicaid recipients, the recipients never went to the DRC clinic, nor did they undergo DRC treatment. The clinic owners also allegedly forged physicians’ signatures on medical reports and provided defective mammography services.
Alzate and Garcia both face one count of Medicaid fraud, a first-degree felony, one count of scheme to defraud, a first-degree felony, and one count of violation of the Health Care Clinic Act for operating an unlicensed health care clinic, a third-degree felony. If convicted, each defendant faces up to 75 years in prison, more than $180,000 in fines and restitution. The State Attorney’s Office for the Ninth Judicial Circuit will prosecute the case.
Attorney General Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation in facilities receiving payments under the Medicaid program. Additionally, the MFCU investigates and prosecutes fraud involving providers that intentionally defraud the state's Medicaid program through fraudulent billing practices. Medicaid fraud essentially steals from Florida's taxpayers. From January 2011 to now, Attorney General Bondi's MFCU has obtained more than $500 million in settlements and judgment.