Miami man headed to jail for massive Medicare fraud scheme

Posted at 10:16 AM, Jul 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-30 06:16:57-04

MIAMI (AP) — A Miami man is being sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison for a massive Medicare fraud scheme.

Jorge Lorenzo along with two others from Miami involved in the scheme were also ordered to pay more than $40 million in restitution to the federal health care program for the elderly and disabled. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the sentence Friday.

Authorities said it was the largest Medicare fraud case prosecuted in south Florida in 2015. Lorenzo, Yahima Pardo and Roberto De Jesus Alonso pleaded guilty to charges in May.

Over a period of four years federal officials said that Lorenzo owned or controlled eight home health care agencies that bilked Medicare. Shell companies were then used to disguise the flow of millions Lorenzo spent on real estate, luxury vehicles, artwork and jewelry.

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