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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 13, 2015

Miami Office Manager Convicted for Her Participation in Medicare Fraud Scheme

A former office manager of a Miami based physical and occupational therapy clinic was convicted, following a four day trial, for her participation in a scheme that involved the fraudulent submission of more than $3.3 million dollars in false billing to Medicare.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Shimon Richmond, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), made the announcement.

Defendant Rossana Caneiro, 41, of Miami Lakes, was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and six substantive counts of health care fraud.

Evidence presented at trial showed that Caneiro had managed and operated Flagler Rehabilitation Center, Inc., a Miami based physical and occupational therapy clinic, for five years.  The defendant was responsible for patient appointments, Medicare billing, the scheduling of therapy sessions, and was the point of contact for co-conspirator therapists who worked at the facility.  Caneiro facilitated the fraudulent conduct at Flagler Rehabilitation Center, Inc. by directing the co-conspirator therapists to write fraudulent evaluations and other falsified documents for patients that were not actually treated at the clinic.  The falsified physical and occupational therapy evaluations were prepared in an effort to conceal the Medicare fraud.

The defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of ten years in prison for each count of conviction.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of HHS-OIG.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys James V. Hayes and Amanda Perwin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, in coordination with the Fraud Section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and the Medicare Strike Force.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Topic: 
Healthcare Fraud
Updated April 14, 2015