Acting Miami U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sloman said Tuesday eight defendants billed Medicare and Medicare Advantage for bogus HIV infusion drugs that patients didn't need using 29 storefronts in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana. He said they also employed check cashing stores to turn the Medicare checks into quick cash. He said they netted about $30 million.
Authorities are looking for that money.
The suspects have been charged with conspiracy to commit Medicare fraud, money laundering and aggravated identify theft. Two of the defendants remain at large and may be in Cuba.