Local Businessman Convicted of Stealing Millions in Health Fraud

The former owner of the local physical therapy and rehabilitation firm 210 Workers has been convicted of stealing more than $6 million from the Federal Workers Compensation program, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

A federal jury in San Antonio convicted Rafael Enrique Rodriguez, 40, on multiple charges stemming from a four year fraud scheme.

Federal prosecutors say Rodriguez over billed the system that provides benefits to federal workers who are injured on the job.. They say Rodriguez billed the system using codes that indicate that rehabilitation services were provided by licensed professionals, when the employees who did the work were unlicensed people, who cost Rodriguez far less to employ.. He also used a billing code assigned to an actual licensed professional therapist who was not aware of the deception, which brought him a conviction for aggravated identity theft.

Te feds say that over the course of four years, Rodriguez collected $6.3 million in improper payments.

He could face 20 years in prison, plus be forced to pay back the money he stole, when he is sentenced in September.

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