2 Arrested in Miami-Dade for Allegedly Defrauding Medicaid

Miami-Dade Police have arrested two residents for allegedly billing the Medicaid program more than $100,000 for in-home support services not rendered.

According to the investigation, David Krochmal, 43, owner of Peer Link Programs, and Cecilia Ines Krochmal, 47, operated a Home Health Agency that specialized in servicing individuals with developmental disabilities.

Authorities said Cecilia, David's sister-in-law, managed the day-to-day operations of the business. The defendants allegedly falsified service logs for individual Medicaid recipients to include in-home services, such as assisting with personal hygiene; however, told clients the business could not afford to visit clients' homes to provide individual services.

Instead, authorities said the defendants picked up multiple Medicaid recipients to participate in group activities on the weekends.

The defendants each face one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud. If convicted, they each face up to 45 years in prison, plus fines and restitution.

Both appeared in bond court Tuesday with their attorneys, where each had their bond set at $17,500 for both charges.

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