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Land O'Lakes man sentenced to 14 years in prison for Medicare fraud

Published Mar. 8, 2016

David Brock Lovelace used purported medical clinics in Tampa and Lakeland to submit millions of dollars in phony Medicare claims, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

On Monday, the Land O'Lakes businessman was sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $2.5 million in restitution.

Lovelace and four associates were arrested in 2014 as part of a national Medicare fraud sweep.

From 2010 to 2014, they used Summit Health Specialists in Tampa and Cornerstone Health Specialists and Coastal Health Specialists in Lakeland to submit nearly $12.4 million in fraudulent radiology, neurology, audiology and cardiology claims to Medicare, federal officials said.

Some of the documents were fake. Others were submitted for medical services that had not been rendered by a physician. Still, Medicare paid more than $2.8 million in reimbursement, federal officials said.

Lovelace was found guilty of health care fraud, money laundering and aggravated identify theft in December.

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