The Department of Justice issued a press release that the owner and president of a Miami-area consulting and staffing company was sentenced on Friday, May 27th to 60 months in prison for his role in a $2.3 million Medicare fraud scheme.
Carlos Rodriguez Nerey, 45, of Miami, the owner and president of Nerey Professional Services Inc., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles of the Southern District of Florida. In addition to imposing the prison term, Judge Gayles ordered Nerey to pay $2,366,736 in restitution.
On April 1, 2016, following a one-week jury trial, Nerey was convicted of one count of receiving kickbacks in connection with a Federal Health Care Program and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay health care kickbacks.
According to evidence presented at trial, from October 2014 to September 2015, Nerey was involved in a conspiracy to accept kickbacks in return for referring Medicare beneficiaries to Mercy Home Care Inc. and D&D&D Home Health Care Inc. to serve as patients, including those who did not qualify for home health care services according to Medicare rules and regulations.