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Miami-Dade School Bus Drivers Busted for Health-Care Fraud!

Miami-Dade School Bus

Cynthia DaSilva, 58 and Maria Elena Mendez, 40, both Miami-Dade School Bus Drivers have been arrested and accused of helping Yasiel Reyes-Gonzalez, who owned Operator Health Clinic and Leon Global Center, bilk the Miami-Dade School District out of nearly $1 million, authorities said Thursday.

DaSilva and Mendez would act as liaison for Reyes-Gonzalez, referring over 100 school employees to Reyes-Gonzalez, who would often pay the alleged patients to visit, with no real injuries too treat, Miami-Dade School police said.

Reyes-Gonzalez would then proceed to process false medical claims through the schools insurance plan, which showed that the employees were treated, through her clinic and in turn reward both DaSilva and Mendez as much as $400 for each patient referral, said police.

“The greatest insult to students, teachers and taxpayers is individuals who prey on our employees and siphon funds away from our school district,” Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho said in a statement. “That is why we conducted the investigation that resulted in these arrests.”

This comes at a time when Miami-Dade County School system is operating under tight budget constraints. Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho should be commended for assisting with the investigation.

DaSilva is charged with grand theft and insurance fraud. Mendez faces patient brokering charges. Additional arrests are pending in the fraud case, authorities said


June 17, 2011 - Posted by | Community News | , , , , , ,

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