Miami judge tosses out guilty verdict in $40 million fraud case

A Miami woman who faced up to 25 years in prision for playing a leading role in a $40 million Medicare fraud scheme is walking free thanks to a judge's ruling that the statute of limitations on the charges had already run out, according to the Miami Herald. Tiffany Foster, dubbed by prosecutors the "matriarch of patient brokers," received $500,000 to funnel patient's to Hollywood Pavilion psychiatric hospital. In February, she was convicted of defrauding Medicare and receiving kickbacks, but last week U.S. District Judge Cecilia threw out the guilty verdict after determining Foster had pulled out of the scheme five years before prosecutors filed the indictment. Under that time frame, the statute of limitations period had run its course, and Foster could not be punished for her crimes, the judge ruled. Article