Federal Workers Compensation Kickback Conspirators Plead Guilty
Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Tampa residents Lenin Perez and Lois Luis (a/k/a Ireno Delgado) pleaded guilty to conspiracy and kickbacks. Each faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.
According to the plea agreements, Perez and Luis, who met in federal prison, conspired with each other and with others to pay kickbacks to Perez for his referring injured federal workers receiving care through the federal workers compensation program to AmeriMed Diagnostic Services, Inc., a company substantially run by Luis. In 2007, while in prison together in Alabama, Luis and Perez discussed Perez sending injured federal workers to Luis for treatment. In exchange for the referrals, Perez was supposed to receive 15-20% of the profits from AmeriMed. The amount of the kickbacks paid to Perez during the course of the conspiracy exceeded $1 million, including approximately $250,000 that was paid to Perez’s daughter for an essentially “no-show,” part-time marketing job that was actually substantially passed through her to Perez.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas N. Palermo.