A San Antonio businessman has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for running a health care scam that stole more than $6 million from U.S. taxpayers, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Rafael Enrique Rodriguez, 49, also has to pay the money back.
Federal prosecutors say Rodriguez operated physical rehabilitation centers in San Antonio and Salt Lake City, and he billed several federal programs, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and Workers Compensation, the rate for hiring professionally certified physical therapists when he paid for lower paid technicians, and pocketed the difference.
In addition, Rodriguez used the identity of a certified physical therapist without his consent, to obtain the needed provider credentials to participate in the programs.
“The sentence imposed in this case reflects our commitment to stamping out healthcare fraud. This is not just a law-and-order issue. It’s also about making sure that Texans in need of medical treatment or other healthcare services can be confident that they are being told the truth about their care,” stated U.S. Attorney John Bash.
Rodriguez has to report to federal prison to begin serving his sentence after Christmas.