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In Medicaid Fraud Case Couple Detained As Others Freed By SDNY Magistrate Judge Lehrburger

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 14 – A Medicaid fraud conspiracy was alleged and presented on February 14 in the Magistrates Court of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Inner City Press was there.

Some defendants were freed on bond; others were detained. One was presented by Facetime from a hospital, where he was allowed to stay.

First here's what was alleged in the Complaint, then some dispositions: "From in or about August 2017 to February 2020, KJ Transportation C Services Inc. ('KJ') was paid more than $20 million for providing transportation services for Medicaid enrollees in the New York City area.  JORGELINA ABREU GIL, 32, of Yonkers, New York, is the owner of KJ.  Her husband, JULIO ALVARADO, 59, of Yonkers, is a manager at the company.  Beginning in August 2017, KJ began submitting claims to Medicaid for purported medical transportation services for eligible people in the New York area."  

 On February 14 before SDNY Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger, Julio Alvarado consented to detention. Judge Lehburger said that with Julio immobilized, there would be less of a risk of flight by his wife Jorgelina Abreu Gil. But she too consented to detention, at least until Pre Trial Services conducts a home inspection.   

Defense attorney Sabrina Shroff got her client Yesinia Rodriguez a reduction in the conditions offered by Assistant US Attorney Kedar S. Bhatia, from $50,000 with two financial responsible people as co-signers to $20,000 and 1 co-signer.

Other CJA counsel, like Lisa Scolari for Jose Jiminez Hidalgo, stuck with the same cookie-cutter $50,000 and two co-signers that AUSA Bhatia was offering. The case is US v. Abreu Gil, et al., 20-mg-1461 (Lehburger).


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