Healthcare’s most wanted
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.