Update: Mayor of Rio Bravo indicted on charges of healthcare fraud

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RIO BRAVO, Webb County (KGNS) - Federal documents show that the Mayor of Rio Bravo and physician Dr. Francisco Peña was denied bond.

File photo: Rio Bravo Mayor Francisco Peña

According to court documents, Mayor Francisco Peña was denied bond along with three other co-defendants who are identified as, Rodney Mesquias, Henry Mcinnis, and Jose Garza.

All four individuals are being accused of alleged money laundering and Healthcare Fraud.

To view the official court document click here.

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The mayor of Rio Bravo, Francisco Peña is one of four people indicted on charges of healthcare fraud and money laundering.

The 11 count indictment was unsealed in federal court on Wednesday and alleges the four men participated in a healthcare fraud conspiracy that involved over 150 million dollars in Medicare billings for hospice and home health services.

The indictment alleges that Peña gave a false statement to the FBI and obstructed a healthcare investigation.

Peña would allegedly get paid kickbacks for illegally referring hospice patients and is quoted as telling a witness, “The way you make money is by keeping them alive as long as possible”.

Peña is facing charges of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, one count of healthcare fraud, one count of false statements and one count of obstruction of healthcare investigation.