Fugitive Doctor Hiding in South America Now Behind Bars

In Springfield, Illinois federal court, a physician who had been on the run for more than a decade has been convicted of defrauding Medicaid and other insurance providers of more than $1,000,000.

Dr Juan Rios

Dr Juan Rios

On January 4, 2013, Doctor Juan Rios, age 65, was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $320,000 in fines and restitution.

Rios, a native of Peru, who once treated patients in the cities of Collinsville and Bethalto, jumped bail not long after he was charged in 1999, of stealing more than $400,000, according to an FBI release.

U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton reported that in September of this year, Rios was extradited from Peru, where he had fled following his arrest 13 years ago. At that time investigators discovered many of his patients had failed to receive as much as  80% of the physical therapy sessions for which he billed insurance companies. Rios would instead, create duplicate notes from an actual physical therapy session and then place the notes in other patients’ files. Investigators discovered that in one case, one patient was out of the country during the time seven physical therapy sessions supposedly happened.

According to investigators, the doctor even stole money from his own insurance carrier, in 1993 and again in 1996, by collecting disability checks when he claimed to be injured, and claimed he was only able to work several hours each month. In truth, he continued to work as a doctor, while his insurers paid him $250,000 in the two years he claimed to be injured.

In 1998, Rios filed for bankruptcy and is accused of using a false Social Security number in the case.

At the end of the case, United States Prosecutor Stephen Wiggonton, stated that “justice may have been delayed, but it will not be denied.”

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In keeping with his Third World Assassin status, Juan Rios emigrated to the United States; took full advantage of both a medical education and professional employment; and then proceeded to cheat hundreds of unknowing patients, as well as insurance providers. American law enforcement and court expenses, as well as investigator expenses in locating, extraditing, litigating and convicting him, have totaled well over $2,000,000 in taxpayer money.

And for all of the system effort to prosecute him, this doctor will spend less than three years in prison; will never repay his collective debt to society.

Oh, and one more observation: Not only will he NOT be deported, he will almost certainly be issued another license to treat patients again in another state, and the medical authorities who license him will do all in their power to prevent his new patients from learning of his criminal past.

Because in American ‘health care’ that happens to be the reality.


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