US Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas, Jan. 24, 2023
SAN ANTONIO – A federal grand jury in San Antonio recently returned an indictment charging a group of three defendants with 22 counts related to healthcare fraud, identity theft and kickbacks.
According to court documents, Kuba Zarobkiewicz, 35, of San Antonio, and Anthony Fermin, 32, of Boca Raton, Florida, own various medical equipment companies and pharmacies involved in a scheme to defraud Medicare by paying kickbacks to telemarketing firms owned and operated by Farrukh Mirza, 39, of Richmond, Texas, in exchange for signed doctor’s orders issued for unnecessary hip, knee and back braces.
Zarobkiewicz, Fermin and Mirza were charged in December 2022 with one count of conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks; one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud; six counts of healthcare fraud; and six counts of aggravated identity theft and aiding and abetting. Additionally, Zarobkiewicz and Fermin are charged with four counts of payment of illegal healthcare kickbacks, while Mirza is charged with four counts of receipt of illegal healthcare kickbacks.