In San Antonio today, a federal judge sentenced 49–year-old San Antonio businessman Rafael Enrique Rodriguez to seven years in federal prison for his role in a multi-million-dollar health care fraud scheme.
In addition to the prison term, Senior U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra ordered that Rodriguez pay $6,032,126.69 in restitution to the government and be placed on supervised release for a period of three (3) years after completing his prison term. Judge Ezra ordered that Rodriguez surrender to federal authorities on January 16, 2020, to begin serving his federal prison term.
U.S. Attorney John F. Bash; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VA-OIG) Criminal Investigations Division Special Agent in Charge James Ross, South Central Field Office; U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG) Special Agent in Charge Steven Grell, Dallas Region; Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP), Division of Federal Employee Compensation (DFEC) Director Antonio Rios; and, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG) Special Agent in Charge Christopher Cave, Southern Area Field Office, made the announcement.
“The sentence obtained today has been the culmination of a thorough investigation completed by our agents revealing abuse by medical professionals of Federal benefits programs for personal gain," said USPS-OIG Special Agent in Charge Cave. “The USPS-OIG, along with our law enforcement partners will continue to vigorously investigate these types of cases in order to deter and stop these fraud schemes.”