A McAllen doctor was convicted Friday after he pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud and an illegal kickback scheme with his assistant.
Eduardo Carrillo, 42, admitted he attempted to bill Medicare for providing services to deceased patients, according to a news release by the Department of Justice.
Carrillo submitted fake documents to a billing company so they would file claims with Medicare for reimbursement of physician’s services. Records obtained by law enforcement, however, revealed that the patients were deceased on the dates he said he’d provided his services.
The 42-year-old man also admitted to an illegal kickback scheme with his assistant Martha Uribe Medrano, 48, of Edinburg. The pair solicited and obtained cash in exchange for referrals of Medicare beneficiaries, according to the news release.
A judge will sentence Carrillo and Medrano on Feb. 3, 2016. Carrillo faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a possible $250,000 fine and a mandatory two-year additional prison term, which must be served consecutively. Medrano is facing up to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
The pair was allowed to remain on bond pending the hearing.