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Elderly veterans targeted in $134 million Medicare, VA medical care fraud scheme

Two men were sentenced Nov. 5 for their roles in a fraud scheme against Medicare and the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) after submitting at least $134 million in fraudulent claims, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.

Michael Nolan, 48, of Tampa, Florida, and Richard Epstein, 29, of Aurora, Colorado, were both ordered to jointly pay $29,020,304 in restitution, as well as $2.1 million and $3 million respectively.

U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington additionally sentenced Nolan to six years and six months imprisonment and Epstein to five years and three months in federal prison. Both Nolan and Epstein will also face three years of supervised release upon completion of their respective sentences.


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