Former Owner Of Florida Rehabilitation Clinic Pleads Guilty To Medicare Fraud

December 10, 2014 — The False Claims Act empowers health care insiders to file a whistleblower lawsuit on the government’s behalf. Courageous whistleblowers help to protect the integrity of our federal healthcare programs, like Medicare or Medicaid, for those who need them. Under the Act, the United States may choose to intervene in the lawsuit and take primary control for litigating it. The statute provides for the government’s recovery of three times the actual damages plus civil penalties. For their willingness to notify the government, tipsters — also referred to as “relators” — are rewarded with a portion of the government’s recovery.

Former Owner And President Of Rehabilitation Therapy Clinics In Two Florida Cities Admits To Filing False Claims With Medicare For Services Never Provided

The former owner and president of American Rehab of Kissimmee Inc. has pleaded guilty to Medicare fraud. Laura Leyva, a resident of Miami Lakes, Florida, ran a comprehensive rehabilitation therapy services clinic with facilities in Kissimmee and Hialeah, Florida. Between June 2007 and November 2009, American Rehab filed false claims with Medicare seeking more than $2.5 million in reimbursement for rehabilitation therapy services that were not provided.
Leyva worked with co-conspirators who created phony medical records that the fraudsters used to support their false claims that rehabilitation therapy services had been provided. To hide evidence of the scam, Leyva destroyed the sham medical records.
Medicare reportedly paid more than $1 million on the falsely submitted claims.

False Claims Act Lawsuits Target Abuse By Medical Providers

While Waters & Kraus is not handling this particular False Claims Act case, we are representing whistleblowers in similar lawsuits. If you have comparable claims against a different medical provider, email us or call our qui tam attorneys at 855.784.0268 to learn more about our practice and how we can work together to notify the government about fraudulent abuses of government-funded programs. Loren Jacobson and Caitlyn Silhan in the firm’s Texas office
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