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Mich. couple plead guilty in $13.4M health fraud


TROY, Mich. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Detroit-area couple who ran clinics that claimed to specialize in treating HIV have pleaded guilty to participating in a multimillion-dollar Medicare fraud scheme.

The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit says the Troy residents made the pleas Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Paul Borman.

Forty-year-old Raymond and 25-year-old Emelitza Arias face sentencing Feb. 12, 2013, for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. It carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Prosecutors say the couple owned Elite Wellness LLC and Carefirst Occupational & Rehabilitation Center Inc. They say Raymond Arias paid doctors to refer Medicare patients so he could submit fraudulent claims.

The government says the couple submitted about $13.4 million in bogus claims in 2009-2011, and Medicare paid about $5.9 million.


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