Owner Pleads Guilty in Connection with Medicare Fraud Scheme
According to the plea documents, Binimelis was an owner of Blessed
Medical Clinic, which purported to be a medical clinic that specialized
in diagnostic testing. Binimelis admitted that the clinic defrauded
Medicare by billing for expensive and medically unnecessary tests. The
owners and operators of Blessed paid patient recruiters, who paid cash
bribes to Medicare beneficiaries. In exchange for the cash bribes, the
beneficiaries agreed to attend the clinic where they provided their
Medicare provider numbers and other information, which was used to bill
Medicare for unnecessary tests and services. According to her plea,
Binimelis knew that the purpose of the clinic was not to treat sick
patients, but to make money by defrauding Medicare. Binimelis provided
diagnostic testing equipment and the capital infusion to open Blessed.
In exchange for her contributions, she received a share of the Medicare
fraud proceeds. According to court documents, Blessed billed Medicare
$2.4 million for medically unnecessary diagnostic tests.