Ernesto Fernandez pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with a long-running $6.2M Medicare fraud scheme involving Miami-based home health care agency Professional Medical Home Health LLC. Fernandez was an owner and operator of Professional Home Heath and also the owner and operator of two other South Florida home health agencies where he caused patient documentation to be falsified, and planned, organized and oversaw the submission of fraudulent claims to the Medicare program. Juan Valdes also pleaded guilty to the same scheme and was sentenced to 2 years in prison. He was a patient recruiter for Professional Home Health and solicited kickbacks and bribes from the owners and operators of Professional Home Health in exchange for providing beneficiaries to allow Professional Home Health to bill Medicare for home health services that were not medically necessary or not provided. Fernandez and Valdes are the seventh and eighth defendants to be sentenced in connection with the fraudulent schemes at Professional Home Health. DOJ
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