Miami-Dade County

S. Florida man added to most-wanted list for Medicare fraud

Federal agents are shown here raiding a building in Miami in 2010 during an operation to combat a $200 million Medicare fraud. The raid was not related to Jorge Portillo’s case.
Federal agents are shown here raiding a building in Miami in 2010 during an operation to combat a $200 million Medicare fraud. The raid was not related to Jorge Portillo’s case. Getty Images

The federal government has added a Miami-Dade County man to its list of 10 most-wanted fugitives accused of healthcare fraud, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.

Jorge Portillo, 38, and Scarlet Regalado used their Hialeah-based company to falsely bill Medicare for more than $2 million of medical equipment that was never provided to patients, said Katherine Harris, a spokeswoman for HHS’ Office of Inspector General.

Regalado was sentenced to 57 months in prison in 2009, but Portillo escaped capture.

Four of the 10 fugitives on HHS’ most-wanted list are believed to have committed crimes in South Florida, which is known as a hotbed of healthcare fraud.

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

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