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MIAMI-DADE RESIDENT SENTENCED TO 37 MONTHS’IMPRISONMENT FOR CONSPIRING TO COMMIT PART D HEALTH CARE FRAUD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2011

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Christopher B. Dennis, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Office of Investigation, announce today’s sentencing of defendant Renier Vicente Rodriguez Fleitas, 60, of Miami-Dade County. U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga sentenced Rodriguez to 37 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. In addition, the Court ordered the defendant to pay $135,930 in restitution for Rodriguez’ role in a health care fraud conspiracy.

On October 28, 2010, Rodriguez pled guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349. According to the plea agreement executed by the parties, the defendant agreed that in November 2009, he purchased Pirifer Medical Supplies, Inc., d/b/a/ Pirifer Pharmacy and Discount, located in Hialeah, Florida. Rodriguez admitted that he opened three bank accounts and completed numerous Part D Medicare applications with plan administrators on behalf of the company. Finally, he admitted that, between December 2009 and March 2010, Pirifer submitted approximately $1.8 million in fraudulent claims to various Part D plan administrators, and received approximately $135,930 from Medicare.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney H. Ron Davidson.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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