Florida Sober Home Operators Indicted For Health Care Fraud

By Victoria Kim 10/02/19

The three sober home operators named in the indictment allegedly collected $13 million from the scheme.

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A sober home in Miami was the site of health care fraud, according to a Department of Justice indictment. The three people named in the indictment allegedly ran a facility that put profit over recovery, collecting $13 million from the scheme.

According to the Miami Herald, Safe Haven Recovery Inc. was involved in fraudulent activity between July 2014 and July 2019, in the guise of a substance abuse treatment facility. However, Safe Haven failed to provide a substance-free environment.

Patient Brokering & Kickbacks

Under the alleged direction of Peter Port, president of Safe Haven, and Brian Dublynn, his second in command, the facility would pay people to come to Safe Haven so they could bill private health insurance companies for substance use disorder treatment services that were either not performed or were not necessary, according to the Herald.

The third individual named in the indictment, Jennifer Sanford, was a marketer for Safe Haven who recruited people to come to the facility.

The defendants caused not only Safe Haven to submit false and fraudulent claims to health insurance plans, but several clinical laboratories as well, for treatment services and laboratory tests that were not provided or necessary.

The three defendants were arrested on September 13 and posted bond by September 23.

Safe Haven Defendants Were Among Dozens Charged In Massive Investigation

Each defendant was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud and four counts of health care fraud. Port and Dublynn were also each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and five counts of money laundering. If convicted, they could each face at least 20 years in prison, according to the Herald.

They were among dozens of people charged in a federal investigation of health care fraud throughout Florida and Georgia that resulted in more than $160 million in fraudulent billings.

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