A Florida telemedicine and telemarketing entrepreneur pleads guilty and is sentenced.
The COVID-19 outbreak has led to an increase in the use of telemedicine. In fact, a recent study found that the number of telemedicine visits increased by more than 4,000% in the first quarter of 2020. This is largely due to how it can more easily help people with symptoms of COVID -19 to get the care they need at home. . Telemedicine can also help ease the burden on the healthcare system during such a difficult time. Hospitals and other medical facilities are overwhelmed by an increase in severe cases and it is important to find alternative avenues of care for those who may be at home.
Unfortunately, with all the good telemedicine has offered in recent years, some scammers are looking to cash in on its growing popularity. Marc Sporn, 59, of Delray Beach, Florida, is one such criminal. Sporn, owner of several telemedicine and telemarketing companies, was today sentenced to 14 years in prison this month for tax evasion, healthcare fraud and wire fraud that cost more than $20 million to Medicare, according to the US Department of Justice (DOJ).
Court records show that Sporn is owned by CPL Media Group Inc. Medipak, LLC, Real Time Physicians LLC, 24 HR Virtual MD LLC, Medtech Worldwide Inc., New World Holdings Inc. and Ins Cov LLC. These services were popular throughout the state. He used his businesses to “market medically unnecessary genetic tests to Medicare beneficiaries and sell prescriptions for medically unnecessary genetic tests to labs in exchange for kickbacks and kickbacks.” Sporn used those lab orders to bill Medicare to pay thousands of dollars for his program.
Sporn also operated Palm Beach companies Medi Biotech LLC and Walmol Holdings LLC and he used Medi Biotech to market compound prescription creams to people with specific health conditions. Pharmacies and labs associated with Medi Biotech filled them, billed insurance companies, and paid bribes to Sporn.
Sporn also opened accounts in the name of Walmol Holdings, a shell company, and in 2014 and 2015 saved him from paying more than $1.6 million in personal income tax. Sporn used the accounts he opened to purchase luxury items such as high-end watches, diamond jewelry, classic and exotic cars, two yachts, and other items. Simultaneously, he paid no more than $2.5 million in income taxes for other years also dating back to 2000. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) attempted to collect, investigators say he “attempted to conceal assets by transferring assets to trusts and individuals and repeatedly opening and closing businesses.
Sporn entered a plea deal on April 1, 2022. He pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and federal tax evasion. He lost “ill-gotten gains” and pledged to help prosecutors secure convictions against his former associates. In addition to the prison sentence, Sporn was ordered to pay more than $4 million in restitution to the IRS.
Owner and operator of telemedicine and telemarketing companies sentenced to 14 years in prison for $20 million fraud scheme and $4 million tax evasion
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