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Miami Herald Quotes Attorney DeFabio Concerning Medicare Fraud Defendant

The FBI is on the hunt for fugitives from South Florida who have fled the country after being charged with Medicare fraud, according to a Nov. 2, 2013 article in the Miami Herald. While the article discussed many of these types of cases, it focused in on one particular case in which a woman accused of aiding in a major Medicare fraud scheme fled to Cuba and then returned to the United States, where she was apprehended by the FBI. Attorney Joel DeFabio, who represented the woman, was quoted in the article explaining the circumstances behind his client's actions. The Miami lawyer practices criminal defense through his law firm, DeFabio, Beckham & Solis.

According to the Miami Herald's reporting, the Medicare fraud operation in this case is said to have been run by three brothers who are cousins of Attorney DeFabio's client. It is reported that the three brothers ran 11 clinics in Miami-Dade, Florida through which they are said to have fraudulently obtained $84 million through false Medicare claims. It is reported that Attorney DeFabio's client is said to have worked for her cousins first as a cleaning lady and then later as a nurse who allegedly provided patients with kickbacks. The specific operation this woman is accused of being involved in is an $11 million Medicare scam that occurred at one of the 11 clinics.

After the woman and her father were both charged in 2008 for alleged involvement in the fraud operation, they left the United States. According to the details provided in the article, the woman had given a down payment for her bail bond and then failed to appear at her next court hearing. She had been granted $50,000 bail after asking to be released so she could attend a trip to Disney World with her son for his birthday. The FBI later located the woman in the U.S. again after she applied for a driver's license in Fort Myers. The lawyer's client pleaded guilty to her charges for her bail violation.

As referenced in the Miami Herald article, Attorney DeFabio spoke on behalf of his client, stating that her decision to flee the U.S. with her family stemmed from panic. He said that she chose to come back to the U.S. because she found that there was no future for her family in Cuba and she wanted to improve her son's quality of life. The woman's Medicare fraud trial is scheduled to take place in December.

Mr. DeFabio is a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer who is able to assist individuals who are accused of very serious offenses, including federal offenses such as Medicare fraud (which is a white collar crime). As a lawyer who started his career in 1980, Attorney DeFabio has more than 30 years of legal experience. When counting the experience of our criminal defense firm's attorneys collectively, we offer more than 50 years of experience. Contact us to find out how we can help you challenge your criminal charges!