N E W S R E L E A S E
NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY G E N E R A L
M E D I C AI D F R A U D C O N T R O L U NI T
CONTACT: KEVIN RYAN FOR IMMEDIATE
212-417-5256 THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2004
FORMER OWNER OF BRONX MEDICAL SUPPLY COMPANY
ADMITS TO $900,000 FRAUD
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer today announced that Robert Ramos, the former owner of
Home Aid Medical Equipment and Supply in the Bronx, has admitted to defrauding taxpayers and
the new owner of his company out of more than $900,000.
Ramos, 53, formerly of 1791 Seminole Avenue in the Bronx, appeared today in Bronx
Criminal Court and pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a Class D felony
punishable by up to seven years in prison.
As part of the plea, Ramos will make restitution of $398,000 to taxpayers for having
improperly obtained Medicaid reimbursement for medical supplies he never provided to patients.
Ramos will also repay $510,000 to Home Aid’s new owner, who bought the business unaware that
Ramos had artificially inflated the asking price by failing to disclose that the company’s revenue
included the money stolen from Medicaid.
Sentencing is set for July 21, 2004.
As part of his guilty plea, Ramos admitted that, between January 1, 2000, and June 1, 2003,
he fraudulently billed Medicaid for medical supplies, including diapers, disposable underpads, wipes
and enteral feeding products, that he did not supply to Medicaid recipients as he claimed. As a
result of the false billings, Ramos improperly received $390,000 from Medicaid. Ramos also
admitted that he then sold the business at an inflated price based on false financial information he
supplied to the prospective buyer, which included the revenue he fraudulently received from
Home Aid Medical Equipment and Supply is located at 2102 C Eastchester Road in the
Bronx. Ramos presently lives in Puerto Rico.
Special Assistant Attorney General Mark P. Cannon, of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s
New York City Regional Office, prosecuted the case. Assisting in the investigation was Senior
Special Investigator Robert Sierp and Senior Special Auditor Investigator Christina Truta.