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Duo Convicted of Stealing Doc IDs, Fraud

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

 A Pembroke Pines resident was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison stealing the identities of physicians and filing false claims to Medicare, the South Florida Business Journal reports.

The. U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami said Alejandra Collazo forged prescriptions for services not ordered by physicians and accepted payments through her clinic, Vortex Medical Center & Management Services of Hialeah.

Co-conspirator Ricardo Corria of Miami was sentenced to eight years in prison, according to the Business Journal.

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