Texas Mayor Charged in $150 Million Medicare Fraud, Money Laundering Scheme

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Four individuals, including a Texas mayor who was a licensed physician and medical director, have been charged by federal prosecutors for their alleged roles in a $150 million health care fraud and money laundering scheme.

Rio Bravo, Texas Mayor Francisco Pena was accused of taking kickbacks to refer patients for services for which they did not qualify. Pena conspired with three owners of a health care company, Merida Health Care Group, according to officials.

Prosecutors say the men fraudulently kept patients on hospice services for years to bilk Medicare. They used their ill-gotten gains to buy exotic cars, including a Porsche, expensive jewelry, luxury clothing from high-end retailers such as Louis Vuitton, real estate and season tickets for premium seating to watch the San Antonio Spurs.

Read more here: courthousenews.com

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