Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


April 8, 2014
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Miami-Dade Woman Arrested for Billing Medicaid Program $350,000 for Bogus Vascular Ultrasounds

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Following an investigation by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Miami-Dade County resident Lourdes Haber has been arrested for billing Florida’s Medicaid program for $350,000 worth of bogus vascular ultrasounds and related services. Haber owns Caribe Medical Center of Homestead, Inc., and according to the MFCU’s investigation, she billed the Medicaid program for vascular ultrasounds that were neither prescribed nor performed.

“Filing false claims with the Medicaid program essentially costs Florida’s taxpayers, and my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will continue to pursue cases of Medicaid fraud and protect the integrity of the program,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Lourdes Haber was charged today with one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of grand theft, both first-degree felonies. If convicted, she faces up to 60 years in prison. She is currently being held in the Miami-Dade county jail. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.