Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
2016 Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame
Doctor peddles $60 million of unneeded drugs to poor people
By James Quiggle
January 17, 2017
The Miami psychiatrist spooned out epidemic levels of unneeded antipsychotic drugs to seniors in Medicare and lower-income people in Medicaid — $60 million in false claims.
Mendez-Villamil became a national icon of overprescribing. He peddled nearly 97,000 scripts for powerful drugs to Medicaid patients between 2007 and 2009. That was more than any doctor for mental-health meds in Florida.
Years of plying people with unneeded drugs finally landed Mendez-Villamil 12 years in federal prison. He was one more swindler in a national epidemic of painkillers and other opioids that doctors and pharmacies are handing to addicts. Many patients overdose or die…
A U.S. Senate probe singled out Mendez-Villamil for hawking unneeded and powerful pills to vulnerable lower-income patients. Medicaid was so frustrated it bounced him from the insurance program…
Mendez-Villamil owned a $1-million mansion in Coral Gables. The place brimmed with expensive art — the feds impounded 221 paintings, prints, sculptures and other artworks when they raided his home…