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CBP Arrests Medicare Fraud Fugitive

Release Date: 
October 19, 2016

DALLAS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a passenger Oct. 17, at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on an outstanding federal arrest warrant.

The warrant was originally part of the FBI’s largest national Medicare fraud takedown in history which took place in June 2016.

Lidia Antonio, 57, is one of 12 in Dallas who was originally named in the indictment issued out of the Northern District of Texas for the following charges: health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

CBP officers had received information that the U.S. citizen, who departed the U.S. after the indictment, would be arriving to Dallas. CBP officers contacted the FBI and subsequently turned custody of the fugitive over to FBI agents.

“CBP routinely works with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies,” said Dallas CBP Port Director Cleatus P. Hunt Jr. “This arrest is a recent example of the collaborative efforts we take in carrying out our law enforcement duties.”

The fugitive was subsequently booked into the Dallas County jail. If convicted she faces a count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and substantive health care fraud count which carries a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.   

An indictment is merely allegations and all defendants are presumed innocent until or unless found guilty in a court of law.

On a typical day fiscal year 2015, CBP officers arrested 23 wanted criminals at U.S. ports of entry.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021