Miami Man Among Medicare Fraud Fugitives

By: ap
By: ap

MIAMI (AP) -- A Miami man who authorities say is responsible for an $11 million Medicare fraud scam has just been added to the list of most wanted fugitives.

Francisco Chavez ran a company that sold medical equipment including pressure support ventilators and motorized wheelchairs.

Federal health officials said Chavez submitted more than $11 million in claims to Medicare for equipment that patients never received.

He was paid about $1.7 million.

Chavez was indicted in 2011 in the scam.

He is being detained in Spain on drug charges. U.S. officials are working to have him extradited back to the United States.

The list of most wanted fugitives is compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general.

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