Monday, March 21, 2011

HHS-OIG Reporting Guilarate Sisters Captured -- OIG Fugitives

Clara Guilarte and Caridad Guilarte

Sisters Clara and Caridad Guilarte were captured in Colombia on March 13, 2011. 

Along with previously captured co-conspirator Reynel Betancourt, the Guilartes allegedly defrauded Medicare of nearly $4.3 million (and submitted $9.1 million in false and fraudulent claims), according to a Federal indictment. 

The Guilartes operated the Dearborn Medical and Rehabilitation Center (DMRC), an infusion therapy clinic in Michigan, where Betancourt was an employee.

All three fugitives allegedly committed health care fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering. The trio allegedly recruited and paid cash and other inducements to Medicare beneficiaries to visit DMRC and sign forms indicating that they received legitimate medical services, including injections and infusions of expensive medications, although the services allegedly were never provided. 

All three are originally from Cuba: Clara Guilarte is a U.S. citizen, and Caridad Guilarte and Betancourt are permanent U.S. residents.

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