Farmington man sentenced in Medicaid fraud case

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man was sentenced to two years and six months in a federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1.2 million after pleading guilty to one charge of health care fraud earlier this year.

Cory Werito, 33, was sentenced in Albuquerque federal court on Wednesday after pleading guilty on March 9 to defrauding the Medicaid program of almost $2 million, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Werito and his co-defendant, Rosita Toledo, 48, of Kirtland, were accused of using their medical transport company, CW Transport, to submit more than 18,760 claims for reimbursement.

The company provided nonemergency medical transportation for Arizona Medicaid recipients.

The vast majority of the claims "were wholly or substantially false and fraudulent," according to the press release.

A total of $1.959,405 was collected from claims submitted by Werito and by Toledo, the primary claims processor for CW Transport.

She pleaded guilty to one charge of health care fraud on March 30.

Werito will have three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term.

Toledo's sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.