Miami-Dade County

Florida healthcare exec sentenced to prison for $7 million Medicare fraud

A son helping his father walk with crutches.
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After pleading guilty to his role in a scheme that defrauded Medicare of $7 million, Armando Buchillon, of Hialeah, was sentenced Wednesday to serve 57 months in prison by a federal judge, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.

Buchillon worked as the director of nursing for a Miami home healthcare agency, Anna Nursing Services Corp., that provided services to Medicare patients.

Prosecutors alleged that between 2010 and 2013 Buchillon fraudulently billed Medicare for services such as physical therapy that were medically unnecessary or never performed. He was also accused of falsifying documents to make ineligible patients appear qualified for Medicare and paying bribes to patient recruiters who would refer Medicare beneficiaries to the agency.

Buchillon pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud in July. U.S. District Judge Joan A. Lenard also ordered Buchillon to pay $1.89 million in restitution.

This article was produced in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.