3 sentenced in $21 million sober homes fraud scheme

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Posted at 6:02 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 06:02:48-05

MIAMI (AP) - Three people who ran a group of purported substance abuse treatment centers and sober homes have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a $21 million fraud scheme.

Court records show that 38-year-old Ali Ahmed was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison, while 49-year-old Hector Efrain Alvarez and 45-year-old Mauren Morel each received two years and eight months.

They had each previously pleaded guilty in Miami federal court to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud.

Investigators say the scheme involved not only financial exploitation but also sexual exploitation of vulnerable, drug-addicted patients.