A Douglas, Arizona couple has been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay more than $60,000 in restitution for defrauding Arizona’s health-care program.
Fernando Tomas Garcia and Anay Ariana Becerra collected benefits while raking in thousands of dollars from drug trafficking, stated Arizona State prosecutors. According to the state Attorney General’s Office, Garcia was sentenced Monday in Cochise County Superior Court to three year’s probation. Beccera was sentenced to five year’s probation for fraud charges involving the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. Garcia pleaded guilty to two counts of securing the proceeds of an offense, while Becerra pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of fraud. The married couple is required to pay restitution plus about $10,000 in fines and fees as part of their plea agreement.
A former Arizona couple, Daniel and Esther Obrzut face charges of fraud, theft and conspiracy for bilking $1 million from one of the state’s largest health insurance companies. The couple is scheduled to appeared in the Maricopa County Superior Court in April. The couple now reside in California, but lived in Phoenix during the time of the alleged crimes.
Daniel and Esther filed 4,000 false claims with Cigna Health and Life Insurance for chiropractic treatment between 2003 and 2011, stated Attorney General Tom Horne. Horne said the Obrzuts owned both the medical billing company and the chiropractic practice.
The Arizona Department of Insurance Fraud Unit, the Attorney General’s Financial Remedies Section, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, and the Phoenix Police Department all investigated the case.