Nurses to serve time for Medicare fraud
Eight Miami-Dade County nurses have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution for helping two agencies fleece millions from Medicare.
The nurses worked for two home health care agencies, ABC Home Health and Florida Home Health Care Provider.
According to the Justice Department, each of the eight nurses pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. The nurses admitted falsifying patient records for Medicare beneficiaries to make it seem like they qualified for services from the two agencies.
The nurses' prison sentences range from five months to 21/2 years. Each has been ordered to pay restitution. Those amounts range from roughly $66,000 to $699,000.
County mayor sues to block recall election
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez has filed a lawsuit to block his March 15 recall election.
Alvarez claims that numerous recall petitions are invalid because of technical flaws, leaving too few valid signatures for a recall election. It also claims that the way signatures were collected for the petitions violates state law.
Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin says he stands by his office's certification of the petitions.
Billionaire Norman Braman launched the recall campaign after the County Commission approved the mayor's proposed budget, raising the property tax rate while giving raises to most county workers.
Swimmers warned against man-of-war
Lifeguards are warning swimmers to stay out of the waters off South Florida because Portuguese man-of-war.
Beachside cities in Broward and Palm Beach counties have reported the neon purple and blue sea creatures in their waters.
The man-of-war tentacles can deliver powerful stings that sometimes cause swelling and shortness of breath.
More than 20 people were treated for man-of-war stings near the Pompano Beach Pier on Thursday. Delray Beach Ocean Rescue has treated about 90 people for the stings since Wednesday.