DETROIT, March 16 (UPI) -- Two Michigan sisters wanted in a $9.1 million Medicare swindle have been arrested in Colombia, U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said.
Sebelius announced the arrest of Clara and Caridad Guilarte Tuesday at a Medicare fraud conference in Detroit, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The government says the Detroit area has been a hotbed of such activity.
The Guilartes, fugitives for four years, were on a federal most-wanted list for Medicare fraud. They were caught Sunday as they tried to board a plane in Colombia after tipsters called a hotline, said investigator Tom Spokaeski.
The sisters are charged with a scam at their Dearborn Medical and Rehabilitation Center, a drug infusion clinic that serves people with AIDS, hepatitis and other chronic illnesses.
They are charged with $9.1 million in fraudulent Medicare billings.
The sisters were expected to be arraigned in Miami before being returned to Detroit.
They moved to Michigan in 2005 to escape an investigation for similar accusations in Miami, federal court records show.