Published: Sep 01, 2010 4:08 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 01, 2010 1:08 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida doctor, a clinic owner and five nurses could be headed to prison after pleading guilty in a $37 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Dr. Fred Dweck admitted Tuesday taking steps to provide Medicare to patients who did not qualify and referring others for unnecessary home health care services. As a result, Medicare was billed for $37 million in false claims and paid $22 million of those.

Clinic owner Yudel Cayro, who employed Dweck, admitted in court that some 344 Medicare recipients were referred through his clinic for unnecessary services.

All seven defendants will be sentenced in December, facing a maximum of 10 years each in prison on health care fraud conspiracy convictions and five years for false statement counts.