Health­care’s most wanted

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

They may have cost fed­eral tax­pay­ers $124 mil­lion in fraud, but don’t ex­pect a re­ward for turn­ing them in. HHS’ in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice re­leased a first-ever list of the 10 most-wanted health­care fugi­tives, in­clud­ing—in­ex­pli­ca­bly—one who was cap­tured two months ago. But un­like sus­pects on the FBI’s 10 most-wanted list, none of the HHS fugi­tives war­rant a re­ward.

The FBI list of­fers a min­i­mum of $100,000 in re­wards for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the cap­ture of any of its fugi­tives, in­clud­ing $25 mil­lion for Osama bin Laden. The pro­gram may add re­wards for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to ar­rests, ac­cord­ing to an HHS of­fi­cial.

The HHS fugi­tives in­clude Car­los, Luis and Jose Ben­itez, who are ac­cused of sub­mit­ting $110 mil­lion in fraud­u­lent Medi­care claims through their Mi­ami HIV clin­ics.

Other sib­lings on the list are Clara and Cari­dad Guilarte, sis­ters who are ac­cused of de­fraud­ing Medi­care of nearly $4.3 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to a fed­eral in­dict­ment. Their al­leged co-con­spir­a­tor and an­other mem­ber of the most wanted fugi­tive list, Reynel Be­tan­court, was cap­tured Nov. 30 in the Dominican Re­pub­lic.

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