Seven South Florida doctors are being accused of referring patients to a Lantana home health-care nursing service in exchange for lucrative jobs for their spouses!
In a civil lawsuit filed last month in federal court, the seven well-known docs and the health care service, A Plus Home Health Care, could end up being forced to pay more than $46 million in fines, damages and medicare reimbursements!
It’s yet another Gossip Extra exclusive: The seven include Alan Buhler, Fort Lauderdale; Sam Sareh, Fort Lauderdale; Steven Hornreich, Delray Beach; Craig Prokos, Jupiter; Mark Rogovin, Boynton Beach; Gary Wolfson, West Palm Beach; Nuria Rodriguez, Greenacres.
A whistleblower intimately familiar with A Plus’ payroll approached the feds about the alleged scam last year.
He claimed that the higher the number of referrals made by a doctor, the higher the salaries for his wife’s job!
Sometimes, the job did not really exist. The paychecks did.
As example, he cited internist Buhler. The whistleblower claims Buhler referred more than 1,000 medicare patients to the company with expected revenues for A Plus of $3.5 million!
In exchange, wife Lynn Buhler allegedly received more than $250,000 in salaries for the gig of “community liaison,” which the whistleblower said was a no-show job.
Said Fort Lauderdale attorney Gary Rotella, who represents the whistleblower: “It is premature to discuss the case but federal prosecutors are fully aware of it.”
A Plus officials did not return a call for comment.