Four Defendants Sentenced to Prison in Multi-Million Dollar Health Care Fraud Scheme Involving Sober Homes and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Centers

April 26, 2017 |  Investigations Press Release

Four defendants, including two sober home owners, the clinical director of a substance abuse treatment center, and a sales representative for multiple diagnostic laboratories were sentenced to prison for their participation in a health care fraud scheme that involved the filing of fraudulent
insurance claim forms and licensing documentation.

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), Bryan Kummerlen, 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.

Fransesia Davis, a/k/a “Francine,”a/k/a “Francesa,” 44, of Lake Worth, was sentenced to 84 months in prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release. Michael Bonds, 45, of Delray Beach, was sentenced to 48 months incarceration, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Stefan Gatt, 27, of Deerfield Beach, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. The defendants previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349. Davis also pled guilty to one count of managing, leasing, profiting from, and making available a place (one of her sober homes) for the purpose of the unlawful distribution and use of controlled substances, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 856(a).

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