Sisters Charged with Health Fraud Caught Overseas

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- The FBI says two sisters wanted for health care fraud in the Detroit area are back in the United States after they were captured in Colombia.

Caridad Guilarte (gil-AHR'-tee) and Clara Guilarte were indicted in 2009 in an alleged scheme to reap millions from the Medicare program through bogus billings.

A spokeswoman for the FBI says the sisters were flown to Miami on Monday night, a day after they were arrested while trying to board a plane in Colombia. The Guilartes eventually will be transported to Detroit. Defense attorneys haven't been assigned yet.

The Guilartes are accused of collecting more than $4 million from Medicare for procedures that were unnecessary or not performed. They were on a list of top 10 medical-fraud fugitives.

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  • by Jesse Location: Lansing on Mar 16, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    Were these women even citizens of the U.S.? The name "Guilarte" is not uncommon to South America. They were probably trying to get home with the loot they STOLE from us (taxpayers). Either way, I hope they FINALLY throw the book at them, put them in prison where they belong, and make they PAY US BACK! NO PLEA BARGAINING EITHER!!
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