By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZAssociated Press
MIAMI (AP) - A federal judge has ordered a South Florida man held until arraignment Friday for allegedly conspiring to launder millions of Medicare fraud dollars, which authorities say eventually wound up in Cuba.
Prosecutors said in a motion filed Monday in federal court in Miami that 46-year-old Oscar Sanchez provided cash to the masterminds behind the fraud for a fee. They also alleged that Sanchez conspired to send money from Medicare fraud first to shell companies in Canada before it was passed through a Trinidad bank and eventually on to Cuba.
Attorney Peter Raben said his client, a U.S. citizen and native of Cuba, was in federal custody awaiting arraignment.
If convicted, Sanchez could face 13 years in prison.
The case is part of a wider health care fraud investigation.
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