2014 Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Recipients: The Miami HEAT Teams

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Each year, phony Medicare claims filed by durable medical equipment suppliers, home health care agencies, pharmacies, physicians, and assisted living and rehabilitation facilities defraud the federal government of billions of dollars. In Florida, which has the nation’s highest proportion of residents over the age of 65, schemes to bilk the federal health insurance program are rampant, with the Miami area considered ground zero for health care fraud. That’s where two special agents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Omar Pérez Aybar and Reginald J. France, have come into the picture. In partnership with Joseph Beemsterboer, Dan Bernstein, Randy Culp and Joseph Jeziorski from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Aybar and France coordinated investigations for 12 special Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Action Teams (HEAT).