A South Florida patient recruiter has been found guilty for her role in a scheme involving roughly $600,000 in Medicare claims that were obtained through the payment of kickbacks. After a four-day trial, 50-year-old Yamilet Diaz of Hialeah, Florida was convicted of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and receive health care kickbacks. She was also convicted of four counts of receiving health care kickbacks.
Diaz is now scheduled to be sentenced on May 9, 2019. Trial evidence showed that Diaz received kickbacks in return for referring Medicare beneficiaries to Good Friends Services Inc. from October 2012 to June 2013. Good Friends was a home health agency based out of Hialeah Gardens, Florida.
Evidence showed that Diaz and her co-conspirators caused Medicare to make more than $600,000 in payments to Good Friends based on claims of home health services submitted on behalf of beneficiaries recruited by Diaz. It was alleged that Diaz personally benefited from the fraud and received at least $306,800 for her participation. Additional details can be found here.