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Doctors Face Charges for Giving HIV Patients Vitamins Instead of Medicine

June 19th, 2008 by flanews

Five Florida doctors and a health clinic owner are facing fraud charges. Florida’s Attorney General investigated the Esther Romeu health clinic in Miami. The AG’s office say doctors at the clinic cheated Medicare and Medicaid out of more than 15 million dollars. Victoria Langley Heller, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General, said the doctors were charging the programs for HIV drugs, pocketing the money, and injecting patients with vitamins.

“These Medicaid and Medicare dollars were suppose to go to help patients in need and instead apparently lined the pockets of five doctors and a clinic owner, the very people who we expect to take care of our injured and ill patients,” said Heller.

According to the AG’s office some of the patients received money from the doctors to play along.

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