Miami man who used durable medical equipment company as front for health care fraud sentenced to seven years in federal prison | USAO-SDFL

Miami, Florida – Yesterday, a federal district judge in Miami sentenced Daniel Pintado Cazola, 42, to 87 months in prison for his role in using a durable medical equipment company to commit Medicare fraud and Medicaid, and for trying to cover up his connection to the crime by listing a straw owner in company and bank records.

Earlier this year, Pintado Cazola pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, wire fraud and mail fraud, and one count of aggravated impersonation.

Myers Professional Services was established as a durable medical equipment (DME) company in Ft. Myers, Florida. To conceal Pintado’s role as the true owner who exercised control over the DME company (and the fraud), a nominee or “straw” owner was listed as the owner of Myers Professional Services in its records and account. banking. As part of his guilty plea, Pintado admitted that he — not a straw owner — bought lists of Medicare “patients” and then ordered a “biller” to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare for drugs. durable medical equipment that was not prescribed by a physician, was not medically necessary, and was not provided to any Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary. In a three-month period – November 2021 through February 2022 – and under Pintado’s direction, Myers Professional Services submitted more than $2.3 million in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims. The DME company received more than $1.6 million until February 2022, when Pintado was arrested. The proceeds of the fraud were transferred from the Myers Professional Services account to accounts held in the name of shell companies. Then these products were removed from front company accounts by others so that they could not be attributed to Pintado.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Omar Pérez Aybar, Special Agent for Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Miami Area announced the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom.

“The sentence in this case reflects the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct,” said U.S. Attorney Gonzalez. “This Office will not stop holding accountable those who steal government programs that provide health care to the most vulnerable in our society.

“The extent of Mr. Pintado’s criminal behavior, literally, knew no bounds,” said Special Agent in Charge Pérez-Aybar. “His ability to deceptively steal the Medicare trust fund intended to protect our most vulnerable population has come to an abrupt end due to the tireless efforts of our agents and prosecutors who continue to bring those who defraud health care programs to justice. health of our country.”

HHS-OIG Miami investigated the matter. The prosecution was led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aimee C. Jimenez. Assistant US Attorney Joshua Paster handled the asset forfeiture.

Related court documents and information may be viewed on the District Court for the Southern District of Florida website at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov , under file number 22-cr-20097.

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