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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Miami-Dade Business Owner Sentenced To 5.5 Years For Medicaid Fraud



Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Attorney General Pam Bondi announce the sentencing of Yamile Calvo-Gonzalez, 41, of Homestead. United States District Judge Joan A. Lenard sentenced Calvo-Gonzalez to 66 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered her to pay $2,015,286.24 in restitution to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Calvo-Gonzalez, who previously pled guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1349, was the owner of WY Medical Group and Rehabilitation Services, Inc., located in Miami-Dade County.

“Health care fraud threatens the strength and integrity of our health care system,” said U.S. Attorney Ferrer. “As I have previously stated, we remain steadfast in our efforts to protect Medicaid from fraud and abuse for those who need it – the sick, the elderly and the poor. We will continue to work with our state and local law enforcement partners to bring justice to anyone seeking to defraud Medicaid.”

“We will continue to partner with federal, state and local agencies to uphold the integrity of the Medicaid program and to protect taxpayer dollars,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi.

The Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), is comprised of the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), the Department of Justice and other federal, state and local agencies. The Florida Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and HHS-OIG investigated this case.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of Florida Office of the Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Hagerenesh Simmons.

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.

Updated March 12, 2015