Seven indicted for home health fraud scheme in Chicago

Two owners of a home health company in Chicago, along with four nurses and a marketer, were indicted for paying kickbacks for patient referrals and altering patient records in order to carry out a $6 million Medicare fraud scam.

Estrellita Duquilla and Miquel Duquilla, owners of HCN Home Healthcare Inc. allegedly paid kickbacks to marketers in exchange for elderly and disabled patient referrals. HCN billed Medicare $6 million in improper claims for unnecessary treatment between 2008 and 2012, while HCN employees altered medical records so that it would appear the patients required in-home services, or included non-existent nursing visits in the patient's file. Announcement