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When Thomas McKenzies Go Wrong

In my effort to keep you informed of interesting Thomas McKenzie's everywhere, today I bring you the news of one of my namesakes who seems to have gone down a very dark road. You can read the whole story here.

Thomas McKenzie Arrested in $110 Million HIV Infusion Fraud

Three Miami brothers accused of financing 11 corrupt HIV infusion clinics and a physician assistant who worked at those clinics have been charged in a $110 million HIV infusion fraud scheme, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The indictment alleges that, between January 2001 and November 2004, the Benitez brothers conspired to submit about $110 million in false claims to the Medicare program for HIV infusion services at 11 corrupt HIV infusion clinics that they owned and controlled.

Thomas McKenzie was a physician assistant at the HIV infusion clinics owned and operated by the three brothers, and the indictment claims he was responsible for training physicians and providers in how to make it appear that legitimate and appropriate medical services were being provided and overseeing the preparation of documents to make it appear that the services were actually rendered and medically necessary.

The indictment also seeks forfeiture of assets held by all defendants. If convicted, Carlos and Luis Benitez each face a maximum sentence of 155 years in prison, Jose Benitez faces a maximum of 40 years, and Thomas McKenzie faces a maximum of 50 years.