3 Puerto Rico doctors charged in $1.3M Medicare fraud scheme

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) " Federal officials in Puerto Rico say three doctors and the owner of a medical equipment company have been indicted in a $1.3 million Medicare fraud scheme.

U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez says the owner of Equipomed Care Corp. is accused of invoicing Medicare for equipment that people did not need or that he did not deliver. She said Wednesday that the doctors are accused of providing the company with prescription forms and Medicare documents for patients they had not seen or examined.

The company owner was identified as Javier Siverio and the doctors as Dante Rodriguez, George Alcantara and Martha Nieves. It was not immediately clear if they had attorneys. Two company employees also were charged.

Rodriguez said the alleged scheme ran from February 2007 to July 2013.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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