Update: Mobile Phlebotomy Company Owners Sentenced

Arm with Needle.JPG

Update to a January 24, 2023, story: Gabriella Santibanez and Lisa Hazard were sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay over $7.5 million in restitution for health care fraud. Read a Department of Justice press release.

Gabriella Santibanez and Lisa Hazard pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit over $7 million in health care fraud. Court documents show that they ran a mobile phlebotomy company, PhlebXpress Inc., that provided phlebotomy and other medical collection services at patients’ homes and long-term care facilities. They agreed to bill Medicare for services provided that were not reimbursable by Medicare. They also agreed to bill Medicare for overstated mileage that PhlebXpress phlebotomists traveled. On average, they caused false billing to Medicare of over 140 miles for each patient. Read a Department of Justice press release.



SMP Resource Center products often contain links to copyrighted material. The SMP Resource Center is providing these links as a convenience and for informational purposes in our efforts to report and educate on Medicare fraud; they do not constitute a guarantee, endorsement, or approval by SMP of any of the information available on the external site. SMP bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality, or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. If you have any questions or concerns about the links provided, please contact the SMP Center at nliebau@smpresource.org.