A Florida chiropractic practitioner apparently paid for Netflix, a health club subscription, and other individual expenses with the more than $200,000 in bank loan he got from federal Covid-19 financing, the Justice Department said.
Dennis Nobbe, 63, of Miami, made his initial court look Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on charges of wire scams, health-care fraud, conspiracy to commit health-care scams and wire fraud, and making incorrect statements to a banks, according to a declaration from the Justice Department.
Nobbe moved the cash he acquired from the Paycheck Protection Program, which licensed bank loan under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, through shell business to spend for home entertainment streaming services, airline tickets, and a vacation resort, among other expenditures, according to the problem. He also paid kickbacks and kickbacks to two South Florida doctors to open accounts for him with a credit card program provided by banks to fund out-of-pocket health-care expenses. He was prohibited from the program in 2010 due to the “dangerous” nature of his company, the DOJ declared.
Nobbe motivated his patients at Dynamic Medical Services Inc., a lot of whom were low-income and didn't speak English, to use that program to spend for countless dollars of services that typically were never ever performed, the firm said.
The scheme began in 2017, five years after the Florida Department of Health disciplined Nobbe for exploiting a patient for monetary gain, and continued through September 2019, according to the complaint.
Nobbe was also implicated of paying allurements and kickbacks to one of the doctors to submit deceitful Medicare claims on his behalf. Medicare paid about $515,000 on those claims, the grievance said.
No attorney was noted for Nobbe in court records on Wednesday afternoon.
The case is USA v. Nobbe, S.D. Fla., No. 1:20-mj-03236, grievance 7/23/20.