Florida Home Health Owner Charged in $15 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

A South Florida home health care owner was charged in an indictment unsealed today for his alleged participation in a $15 million health care fraud scheme involving fraudulent claims for home health services.

Yunesky I. Fornaris, 38, of Miami, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, two counts of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay health care kickbacks. Fornaris was arrested today and made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge William C. Turnoff of the Southern District of Florida

The indictment alleges that from in or around April 2010 through July 2016, Fornaris and his co-conspirators hid their ownership in Elite Home Care LLC (Elite), a Miami-area home health clinic, in the name of a nominee owner in an effort to conceal their participation in the fraudulent scheme. According to the indictment, Fornaris and his co-conspirators allegedly submitted false and fraudulent application documents, causing Medicare to give and continue to reauthorize Elite’s Medicare provider number. As a result, the number enabled Fornaris and his co-conspirators to allegedly submit fraudlent claims for services that were not medically necessary or never provided.

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