By Sharon Aron Baron
A Parkland man was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a fraudulent Medicare scheme amounting to over $11 million and illegally possessing an automatic weapon as a convicted felon.
Anthony Cracchiolo, 43, who resided at the 5900 block NW 65 Court in Parkland until April 2023, was charged with illegally purchasing and selling fraudulent orders for durable medical equipment (DME), like braces for various body parts.
He created fake DME supply companies to file over $11 million in false Medicare claims, receiving over $5.5 million in Medicare payments and a significant amount from DME suppliers to whom he sold fraudulent orders.
Damian Williams, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, reported that Cracchiolo and a partner orchestrated a scheme between July 2019 and October 2020.
“Anthony Cracchiolo faced justice today for illegally trafficking signed orders for durable medical equipment, thus seeking to defraud Medicare of more than $11 million. Such fraud schemes do real harm to the Medicare program — a vital, taxpayer-funded program that provides affordable health care to people over 65 or with disabilities,” said Williams.
Cracchiolo’s arrest in March 2022 uncovered his illegal possession of a semiautomatic firearm and 130 rounds of ammunition, given his status as a convicted felon.
In addition to his prison term, Cracchiolo has been sentenced to three years of supervised release. He is also mandated to pay restitution of $5,595,968 to the Medicare program and a forfeiture of $2,399,817, which includes his Florida residence and the seized weapon.
- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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