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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