Miami Man Sentenced in Fake Clinic Scheme

ATLANTA (AP) - A 31-year-old Florida man who pleaded guilty to a
charge of conspiracy to commit health care fraud has been sentenced
by a federal judge to serve more than four years in prison.

Alain Amador of Miami also was ordered by U.s. District Judge Jack Camp to pay restitution of $3.9 million.

Evidence presented in court showed that Amador and others leased space in the names of medical clinics in the Atlanta area, opened
bank accounts, filed corporate documents and applied for and
received Medicare billing numbers.

U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias said the clinics had no operations, employees, or equipment, but filed more than $12 million in Medicare claims in less than a year. He said Medicare paid about $3 million before the scheme was uncovered.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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