California Business Partners in Home Health and Hospice Businesses Sentenced To 33 Months In Federal Health Care Fraud Case. One Partner Was Previously Excluded From Medicare By OIG.

Home health and hospice fraud cases are still priorities in the Justice Department. On April 18, 2019, a former California medical doctor Camilo Q. Primero, age 76, and his business partner Aurora S. Beltran, age 63,were sentenced to 33 months in prison for their individual roles in an alleged Medicare health care fraud case involving three Las Vegas hospice and home healthcare agencies. Both individuals plead guilty and were sentenced following their pleas to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and money laundering.One of the allegations was that Mr. Primero was excluded from Medicare by the Office of Inspector General and should not have been an owner of any of these health care businesses which were billing the Medicare program. When an excluded individual owns the business all monies billed to the program are potentially recoverable. If the government alleges a "sham" owner, there is the potential of alleging the entire business is a fraud since…

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