A patient broker from Alabama, Gloria Himmons, was charged with receiving the kickbacks to supply the Medicare beneficiaries.
Kallen-Zury attempted to conceal the kickbacks by creating false documents to make it appear as if the services were legitimate, prosecutors said.
Kallen-Zury’s lawyer, Pasano, described his client as a hard-working woman who took over the 40-year business from her father and has lived an honorable life catering to women and men with psychological illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.
Over the past two years, the Justice Department has scored dozens of convictions in major mental-healthcare fraud cases against two Miami-Dade based psychotherapy clinics, American Therapeutic and Biscayne Milieu, which fleeced Medicare for tens of millions of dollars. American Therapeutic’s one-time owner, Lawrence Duran, is serving a 50-year prison sentence — the stiffest punishment ever against a Medicare fraud offender.
Cooperating defendants in those and related cases helped prosecutors build their indictment against Hollywood Pavilion, according to court records.
Among the other indictments unveiled in South Florida Thursday were cases against these Miami-Dade medical providers:
• Sila Luis, owner of LTC Professional Consultants, who was charged with paying kickbacks to recruiters and patients, allegedly submitted false claims for skilled nurses to administer insulin injections for homebound patients who didn’t need the services. Co-defendant Elsa Ruiz, owner of Professional Home Care Solutions, was also charged with paying bribes to carry out the same scheme.
Their two businesses submitted $74 million in fraudulent bills to Medicare for purported skilled nursing and physical therapy services, according to an indictment. As a result, the federal program paid out $50 million.
• Rogelio Rodriguez, owner of Caring Nurse Home Health and Good Quality Home Health, was charged with a similar scheme to bilk Medicare for purported nursing services to treat homebound diabetic patients. His companies, which filed $53 million in phony claims, were paid $34 million, according to an indictment.
Also charged in the case: Raymond Aday, a recruiter who allegedly received kickbacks from Rodriguez for supplying Medicare patients for the home care businesses.