Grandma Rips Off Medicare, Skips Town

January 5, 2017

Dora Robaina served two years in prison for fraud and was facing new charges for her suspected role as a patient recruiter in another ring prosecutors say bilked millions from Medicare. Before that case could begin, she was set to spend three years behind bars for tipping off the scam’s ringleader so he could evade FBI agents. But a federal judge granted her request to delay surrender so she could attend her grandson's expected birth. Instead, she fled.

The FBI’s field office in Miami estimates there are about 160 defendants on the lam from active Medicare fraud cases in South Florida. Together, the fugitives are accused of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the taxpayer-funded Medicare program for seniors and disabled by submitting false claims for a variety of bogus services, including medical supplies, physical therapy and prescription drugs. Click here to read this story from the Miami Herald.
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