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Health Workers Arrested on Fraud, Abuse Charges

Authorities have arrested three more suspects in a $55-million Medicare fraud scheme at a Miami Gardens clinic, the Miami Herald reports. 

Arrested in connection to the Biscayne Milieu fraud scheme were: Broward County doctor Salo Shapiro, 69, nurse Marlene Cesar, 63, and a mental health counselor, Sonia Gallimore, 73, according to the Herald. Federal authorities say that since 2011, the clinic fraudulently submitted $55 million in Medicare claims related to mental health treatment, the Herald reports.

In an unrelated case, the house manager of a Medicaid-funded group home in Winter Haven is being charged with abuse, the Ledger of Lakeland reports. Bonnie L. Coleman, 54, was arrested on allegations that she hit a disabled man on the hand, with a broom handle wrapped in black tape, according to an affidavit filed by the State Attorney’s Office in Polk County.

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