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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Medicare Cuban fraudster, Ernesto Cruz Graveran, caught on broken down jet ski fleeing to Cuba w/ known "migrant smuggler

A Florida man awaiting trial for allegedly submitting more than $4 million in fraudulent health-care claims was detained on a jet ski as he tried to vamoose to Cuba, authorities said Tuesday. 

Ernesto Cruz Graveran, a 54-year-old Cuban citizen, owned Xiko Enterprises, Inc., a company based in Hialeah that provided equipment to Medicare beneficiaries, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Florida.

As a result of claims for medical equipment he never provided, Graveran received a payout of $2.1 million over just two months in 2022, the feds say.

In court, government officials said U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Coast Guard officers found Graveran just south of Key West on a broken-down jet ski, 90 miles away from his final destination: Cuba. He was aboard the jet ski with a man who the Department of Justice believes smuggles illegal immigrants across the border.

The jet ski was strapped with special fuel meant for extended trips and “a trove” of food and water bottles, the criminal complaint says.

A judge agreed with prosecutors that Graveran posed a flight risk. Officers also confiscated his passport. Graveran will remain at the Federal Detention Center in Miami until his trial.

A federal judge in Miami ordered Ernesto Cruz Graveran, 54, of Hialeah, to be detained pending trial Monday, according to court records. He has been charged with health care fraud.

According to a criminal complaint, Cruz Graveran’s company, Xiko Enterprises Inc., submitted approximately $4.2 million in fraudulent health care claims to Medicare from February to April this year for medical equipment that Xiko never provided and that Medicare beneficiaries never requested. Medicare paid Xiko over $2.1 million.

Investigators learned last month that Cruz Graveran was planning to travel to Havana and approached him several days before his flight, the complaint said. Cruz Graveran agreed to cooperate with a criminal investigation during an interview, and officials said they took his passport.

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