Guilty plea in Southwest Florida Medicare fraud case

CREATED Feb. 3, 2014

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A former Southwest Florida man pleaded guilty to Medicare fraud Monday.  Luis Duluc, 53, admitted guilt for his role in organizing and leading a $28.3 million Medicare fraud scheme involving physical and occupational therapy services.
 
Duluc faces a maximum 15 years in prison for his crime.
 
According to documents filed in the case, Duluc and his co-conspirators used various physical therapy clinics and other business entities throughout Florida and elsewhere to submit approximately $28,347,065 in fraudulent reimbursement claims to Medicare from 2005 through 2009.  Medicare paid approximately $14,424,865 on those claims.
 
Duluc was chairman and president of a Delaware holding company known as Ulysses Acquisitions Inc.  Duluc and his co-conspirators used Ulysses Acquisitions to purchase comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities (CORFs) and outpatient physical therapy providers (OPTs) including West Coast Rehab Inc. in Fort Myers.