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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Two RGV Residents Order to Pay More Than $860,00 in Restitution

McALLEN, Texas – A durable medical equipment (DME) company owner and his biller have been sentenced for conspiring to submit fraudulent claims to Texas Medicaid, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Edinburg resident Everardo Villarreal, 46, of Edinburg, and his secretary and Medicaid biller, Delilah Rae Robles, 39, of Weslaco, pleaded guilty June 24, 2019, admitting they submitted false claims for DME that was never delivered to Medicaid beneficiaries.

Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez imposed a 40-month sentence for Villarreal, while Robles was sentenced to time served plus six months home confinement. Both will also be ordered to serve three years of supervised release following their sentences and have been ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $869,693.92. 

Villarreal was the owner and operator of now defunct Durable Medical Supply Depot of Elsa. From on or about April 2010 to on or about September 2014, he and Robles billed Texas Medicaid in excess of $1,500,000 for DME that was either never delivered or were only partially delivered to Medicaid beneficiaries. Both Villarreal and Robles purchased or arranged for the purchase of personal identification numbers of local Medicaid beneficiaries in order to submit the false and fraudulent claims. 

Previously released on bond, both were permitted to remain on bond.  Villarreal will voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General and FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Cynthia A. Villanueva and former Special AUSA Marian Swanberg prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Health Care Fraud
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Updated September 17, 2019