Elsa Ruiz, the owner and administrator of the Miami home health care companies Professional Home Care Solutions Inc. andLTC Professional Consultants Inc., was sentenced to serve 80 months in prison and pay $45M in restitution for her participation in a $74M Medicare fraud scheme. According to admissions during her plea hearing, Ruiz and her co-conspirators operated LTC and Professional Home Care for the purpose of billing the Medicare program for expensive physical therapy and home health care services that were not medically necessary or were not provided. Ruiz’s primary role in the scheme was to negotiate and pay kickbacks to patient recruiters and to otherwise oversee the schemes. DOJ
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