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Aug262011

$15 Million Medicare Fraud Owner Sentenced to Prison 

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DEARBORN, Mich.) -- The operator of a phony health center who scammed the government out of $15 million will spend 48 months in jail.

Court documents show the Sacred Hope Medical Center and Dearborn Medical Rehab Center collected millions from medicare for phony treatments, over several years, and paid kickbacks to phony patients, who claimed they were getting health care.

The owner of the bogus centers, Jose Rosario, has now been sentenced by a federal judge in Michigan to 48 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $10 million in restitution after the justice department's medicare fraud strike force and the FBI shut down the operation.

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