Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
January 8, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Four Floridians Arrested for Scheming to Defraud the State and Federal Government
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Inspector General’s Office today announced the arrests of a Miami-Dade County psychiatrist, two of his employees and one former employee for allegedly participating in various schemes to defraud the federal government and the state of Florida.
According to the investigation, Fernando Mendez Villamil, a licensed psychiatrist, allegedly provided his employees with false and fraudulent diagnoses of debilitating psychiatric conditions so that the defendants could fraudulently obtain benefits, in exchange for money. The defendants also allegedly submitted or caused the submission of false statements in applications and documents required by immigration laws and regulations.
The following four defendants are arrested for this scheme:
The investigation further revealed that the defendants:
- Maritza Exposito, 57, Miami;
- Arnaldo Oscar Jimenez, 57, Hialeah;
- Yomara Vila, 45, Miami; and
- Fernando Mendez Villamil, 48, of South Miami.
All four defendants face charges for conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and wire fraud, healthcare fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and make false statements with respect to immigration matters, conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claim, theft of government funds, false statements to SSA and making false statements with respect to immigration matters. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric E. Morales and Special Assistant United States Attorney Hagerenesh Simmons will prosecute the case.
- Submitted and caused the submission of false and fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid;
- Made false and fraudulent statements and representations to the United States Social Security Administration regarding the medical treatment and condition of SSA disability benefits applicants and recipients; and
- Made false and fraudulent statements and representations to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding the status, medical treatment, and medical condition of applicants for immigration benefits.