A 46-year-old local man has been ordered to federal prison following his
conviction of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced U.S.
Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Eduardo Carrillo, of McAllen, pleaded guilty Nov. 20,
U.S. District Judge Randy Crane handed Carrillo a
sentence and ordered he pay $25,955 in restitution. The sentence will also be
followed by three years of supervised release.
At the time of plea,
Carrillo admitted he caused others to bill Medicare for patients who were
actually deceased. Carrillo submitted fraudulent documentation to a billing
company, and the company would file claims with Medicare for reimbursement of
physician services. Records law enforcement obtained proved the patients
were deceased at the time he alleged to have provided services to the patients.
Carrillo also admitted
to engaging in a scheme with his co-conspirator and assistant, Martha Uribe
Medrano, 52, of Edinburg, to solicit and obtain illegal kickbacks in exchange
for patient referrals. Carrillo and Medrano solicited and obtained cash in
exchange for referrals of Medicare beneficiaries. He admitted he used the
Medicare number and personal information of a patient in the
exchange. Medrano pleaded guilty to illegal remunerations and was
previously sentenced for her role in the scheme.
Carrillo was permitted
to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons
facility to be determined in the near future.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of
Inspector General and the FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Day and Andrew Swartz
are prosecuting the case.