Men accused of Medicare scheme in Orlando over unnecessary cancer screenings

Two men who operated a business in downtown Orlando are accused in a conspiracy to defraud the federal government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Two men who operated a business in downtown Orlando are accused in an alleged conspiracy to defraud the federal government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The case involves recruiting Medicare patients to sign up for unnecessary cancer screenings without seeing a doctor.

Records show Ivan Scott started Scott Global LLC in 2017. It was a business federal investigators say he was running in late 2018 and into 2019.

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Investigators said Manuel Larenas helped him manage the operation out of an office on East Washington Street in downtown Orlando.

Documents show they would call Medicare beneficiaries and convince them to enroll in "cancer genetic testing,” without a face-to-face visit with a doctor.

The patients were sent a swab in the mail and asked to swab themselves and mail it back and it eventually was sent to a lab.

Heath officials said that type of testing doesn't detect if someone currently has cancer and it's only covered by Medicare in rare circumstances.

Federal investigators believe Scott and Larenas were getting illegal kickbacks and bribes for each patient over a six-month period.

As part of the alleged scheme, Medicare paid out nearly $900,000.