Officials: Fraud suspect from Hialeah caught heading to Cuba on Jet Ski – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

A Cuban man charged in a $4.2 million Medicare fraud scheme is being held as a flight threat after officers mentioned he tried to flee the U.S. on a Jet Ski.

A federal choose in Miami ordered Ernesto Cruz Graveran, 54, of Hialeah, to be detained pending trial Monday, in accordance to courtroom data. He has been charged with well being care fraud.

According to a legal criticism, Cruz Graveran’s company, Xiko Enterprises Inc., submitted roughly $4.2 million in fraudulent well being care claims to Medicare from February to April this year for medical gear that Xiko by no means supplied and that Medicare beneficiaries by no means requested. Medicare paid Xiko over $2.1 million.

Investigators discovered final month that Cruz Graveran was planning to journey to Havana and approached him a number of days earlier than his flight, the criticism mentioned. Cruz Graveran agreed to cooperate with a legal investigation throughout an interview, and officers mentioned they took his passport.

But final Wednesday, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers reported discovering Cruz Graveran aboard a broken-down Jet Ski within the waters south of Key West, headed within the course of Cuba. The island nation is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of the Florida Keys.

Cruz Graveran was aboard the personal watercraft with an individual recognized to regulation enforcement as a migrant smuggler. Investigators say the Jet Ski was outfitted with a particular gasoline cell for lengthy journeys and was carrying additional meals and water bottles.

Online courtroom data didn’t listing an legal professional for Cruz Graveran.

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