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Two Defendants Plead Guilty in Multi-Million Dollar Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme Involving Sober Homes and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Centers

March 15, 2017  |  Investigations Press Release

Two owners of sober homes and alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers pled guilty for their participation in a multi-million dollar health care fraud and money laundering scheme that involved the filing of fraudulent insurance claim forms and defrauded health care benefit programs.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Dave
Aronberg, State Attorney, Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, Jeff Atwater, Florida Chief Financial Officer, William D. Snyder, Sheriff Martin County Sheriff's Office, Robert Koons, Special Agent in Charge, Amtrak Office of Inspector General, Rafiq Ahmad, Special Agent in Charge, United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG), Isabel Colon, Regional Director, United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (DOL-EBSA), Dennis Russo, Director of Operations, National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (PBSO), Sarah Mooney, Chief, West Palm Beach Police Department, Jeffrey S. Goldman, Chief, Delray Beach Police Department, Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General, and Scott Rezendes, Special Agent in Charge, Office of Personnel Management, Office of Inspector General (OPM-OIG), made the announcement.

Kenneth Chatman, a/k/a “Kenny,” 46, of Boynton Beach, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349; one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(h); and one count of sex trafficking conspiracy, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1594(c). Laura Chatman, 44, of Boynton Beach, pled guilty to two counts of making a false statement related to a health care matter, in violation ofTitle18, United States Code, Section 1035(a)(1). Sentencings for the Chatmans are scheduled for May 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks.

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