Miami Herald: Guilty verdict in Medicare fraud case

Feb 8, 2010

The Miami Herald published this article on February 5, 2010.

A former partner in a vast Medicare racket was convicted of healthcare fraud Thursday in Miami federal court.

Yasmanny Benavides, 28, of Miami, operated two medical-equipment companies that submitted about $19.5 million in bogus bills to the government healthcare program without providing services to patients, prosecutor Christopher Clark said.

His sentencing is set for May 10.

At trial, one-time Medicare operator Reinaldo Guerra testified against his former partner, saying Benavides ran Lacary Medical Servcies Equipment and Lily Orthopedic in 2003-04.

Those businesses were part of Guerra’s chain of medical-equipment businesses that filed $179 million of phony claims with Medicare, Clark said.

Guerra pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud charges in November and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.