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Doctors, others indicted in $11 million Medicare fraud

August 7, 1997
Web posted at: 1:59 p.m. EDT (1759 GMT)

MIAMI (CNN) -- Twelve people -- including five doctors -- have been indicted in an $11 million Medicare fraud described by prosecutors as one of the nation's largest home health care scams.

"It was a very secretive trail. It took a lot of uncovering," said FBI spokeswoman Anne Figueiras. "We feel more arrests are imminent."

Figueiras said the 12 all had ties to Medery Home Health Care, a large home health care provider. It's alleged that a former Medery manager, Susan Regueiro, and co-defendant Leopoldo "Polo" Perez created a large network of bogus nursing groups and kept a secret partial ownership.

The company made Medicare claims it knew to be fictitious and funneled the money back to the defendants, the government claimed.

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