Miami Doctor Gets 9 Years in Prison in $30 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

A Miami doctor has been sentenced to nine years in prison for a Medicare fraud scheme that caused more than $30 million in losses, authorities said Monday.

Henry Lora, 51, was ordered to pay $30,278,542 in restitution as part of a plea agreement, officials with the Department of Justice said.

Lora had pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and making false statements related to health care matters.

Lora was the medical director of Merfi Corporation, a Miami-area clinic. Authorities say in exchange for kickbacks and bribes, Lora and others wrote prescriptions for home health care and other services for Medicare beneficiaries that weren't medically necessary or were never provided.

Lora and his co-conspirators also falsified patient records to make it appear as if people qualified for the services, authorities said.

The owner of Merfi, Isabel Medina, was sentenced to nine years in prison in March 2014.

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