Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
|October 28, 2016
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Miami Resident Arrested in Medicaid and Money Laundering Scheme
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Miami-Dade Police Department today announced the arrest of a Miami resident in connection to a drug diversion scheme fueled by Medicaid fraud. According to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s investigation, Darrell Hunter, 44, used the corporate account of his company, DLH Professional Services, to launder money derived from black market sales of contraband prescription drugs.
“Drug diversion schemes like this one endanger the reliable distribution of prescription drugs not just in Florida but across the country,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of my office and our state and local partners, this scheme exploiting our Medicaid program is shut down and those involved will be held accountable.”
Co-conspirator Ivan Fonseca, who is currently serving six years in federal prison for health care fraud, allegedly deposited the laundered funds into Hunter’s account and then funneled the money to himself and family members Ivonne Fonseca and Nicholas Fonseca. Investigators traced the money back through several Puerto Rican bank accounts to a pharmaceutical wholesaler in South Carolina named SEC Wholesale. Following the arrests of SEC Wholesale’s principals, the wholesaler operation shutdown in February 2016.
Hunter faces one count of Medicaid fraud, a first-degree felony, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, a second-degree felony, and two counts of money laundering, first-degree felonies.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting the case. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigated the case.