2 charged in $1.7M Puerto Rico Medicare fraud case

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two men who ran medical supply companies in Puerto Rico have been charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud in a $1.7 million federal case.

U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said Friday that the suspects submitted at least 710 false claims to Medicare from 2008 to 2012 totaling more than $2.5 million. She said the suspects would alter medical equipment such as cutting up and repackaging wound dressings and would then give them to patients before filing the claims.

She said Medicare officials disbursed a total of $1.7 million that the government is seeking to recuperate.

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