A person was busted whereas apparently fleeing to Cuba on a jet ski with meals and water to flee insurance coverage fraud costs.
Ernesto Cruz Graveran, 54, of Hialeah, was arrested on a ‘damaged down’ jet ski within the Florida Keys, in keeping with the US Legal professional’s Workplace within the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday.
‘The jet ski was outfitted with a particular gas cell to permit for lengthy journeys, and throughout the compartments of the jet ski, regulation enforcement found a trove of meals and water bottles,’ acknowledged the US Legal professional’s workplace.
It was not clear how far Graveran made it within the 90-mile journey to Cuba earlier than US Coast Guard members apprehended him.
‘I consider it’s possible that Cruz Graveran was in actual fact fleeing to Cuba aboard the jet ski to evade prosecution,’ Homeland Safety Investigations Particular Agent Carlos Suarez wrote within the prison grievance.
Graveran allegedly ran a medical gadget firm, Xiko Enterprises, that filed faux claims for $4.2million in Medicare funds, in keeping with the US Legal professional’s workplace.
The Hialeah-based firm sought $1million in claims for gear that one physician supposedly wrote for 145 sufferers. Nonetheless, investigators found that none of that was true.
‘None of these 145 beneficiaries had been in actual fact sufferers of that doctor,’ the US Legal professional’s workplace acknowledged, and ‘that doctor by no means prescribed any of the billed-for DME (sturdy medical gear)’.
Graveran took in $2.1million in funds from the federal authorities in February and April, earlier than feds found the scheme and issued an indictment.
US Justice of the Peace Choose Alicia Otazo-Reyes ordered Graveran to be detained with out bail on the Federal Detention Middle in Miami as he awaits his trial. The decide agreed that Graveran poses a flight danger and confiscated his passport.
Graveran was taken into custody together with one other man who beforehand smuggled unlawful aliens into the US.
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