Previously Indicted McAllen Area Doctor Charged Again and Ordered into Custody
McALLEN, Texas ‐ A McAllen area doctor, previously indicted in an illegal kickback scheme, has been charged on new allegations of health care fraud for his scheme to defraud Medicare, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
Dr. Eduardo Carrillo, 42, of Edinburg, was previously released on bond on the initial charges in June 2015. Following the return of the superseding indictment on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, the government filed a motion to revoke that bond, alleging he violated his previously imposed conditions and engaged in illegal conduct, to include health care fraud. At a hearing held today, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane ordered Carrillo surrender to authorities at the time of his initial appearance on the superseding indictment to be held tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos.
The 12-count superseding indictment alleges Carrillo attempted to cause others to bill Medicare for 34 patients who were actually deceased on the dates Carrillo claimed to have provided services to the them. Carrillo allegedly submitted fraudulent documentation to a billing company so that the company would file claims with Medicare for reimbursement of physician services.
Carrillo was previously charged along with his assistant, Martha Medrano, 47, also of Edinburg, in an indictment returned June 9, 2015, for their scheme to solicit and obtain illegal kickbacks in exchange for patient referrals. In that scheme, Carrillo and Medrano allegedly solicited and obtained cash in exchange for referrals of Medicare beneficiaries to prospective home health agencies.
The superseding indictment charges Carrillo with six new counts of health care fraud in addition to the previously filed charges, which include three counts of illegal remunerations, one count of making false statements and two counts of aggravated identity theft.
Each of the counts of health care fraud carry a maximum punishment of 10 years in federal prison, while illegal remunerations and false statements each carry a possible five-year prison term. If convicted of either of the aggravated identity theft charges. He will also face a mandatory 24 months in federal prison which must be served consecutively to any other prison sentence imposed.
The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services‐Office of Inspector General and the FBI. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Day is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is an accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.