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Doctor, 2 Patients Guilty of Fraud

A federal judge has sentenced Gary Kushner, a 72-year-old Plantation physician, to 12 years in prison for Medicare fraud, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. 

A jury last August found Kushner guilty after a two-month trial based on evidence that he and co-conspirators submitted $50 million in fraudulent billings through Biscayne Milieu, a Miami-based mental-health clinic. Kushner had been medical director of the clinic.

Another Justice Department release says a jury has found two Medicare beneficiaries guilty of soliciting kickbacks from a Miami home health agency in return for lending their Medicare numbers for fraudulent billing. The defendants, Rene Suarez-Basanta and Marta Gonzalez, both 67, were two of nine people who have been convicted following an investigation of Safe Home Health Care Inc., the agency said.