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Conviction in $9.1 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 9, 2011

The Dearborn clinic was relocated from South Florida to Michigan after increased law enforcement scrutiny in South Florida. Martin Tasis enlisted Leoncio Alayon to help launder the proceeds of the fraud through a shell corporation in Florida called Infinity Research Corp. Evidence presented at trial showed that Infinity had no employees, did no research and was based at Alayon’s home. Alayon took a commission and then distributed the laundered proceeds to the Tasis brother and their co-conspirators.

A sentencing date for the Tasis brothers and Alayon has not been scheduled. Each count of healthcare fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The conspiracy to commit money laundering count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine; conspiracy to pay healthcare kickbacks carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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