The owner of Miami health care agency Ronat Home Health Care Inc., pleaded guilty Tuesday to his involvement in a $60 million Medicare fraud scheme lasting from 2006 to 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to court documents, Rodolfo Nieto Jr. received kickbacks in exchange for recruiting Medicare beneficiaries through Ronat and allowing Miami home health agency, Nany Home Health Inc., to bill the Medicare program for those patients, according to the brief.
Three operators of Nany Home Health were also found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in April. Roberto Gonzalez, Olga Gonzalez and Fabian Gonzalez along with their co-conspirators submitted $60 million in fraudulent Medicare claims, and Medicare paid $40 million of those claims.
Roberto, Olga and Fabian Gonzalez were sentenced last year to 120, 87 and 87 months in prison, respectively.
Nieto’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 23, 2012 and he is expected to face five years in prison in addition to a fine of $250,000.
U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga of the Southern District of Florida presided over the case.
Written by Erin Hegarty