- Christine Stapleton Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Three men arrested by the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force have pleaded guilty to multiple counts of patient brokering.
James Tomasso, 57, of Boca Raton, pleaded guilty Friday to 21 counts of patient brokering and was sentenced to 18 months in jail and ordered to pay $107,328 in fines. Tomasso was given credit for 225 days he has already served.
Tomasso’s arrest came after the task force raided several of his businesses on Feb. 8. According to the arrest report, Tomasso paid more than $68,000 to the owner of Hartnett Resource Services, which operates Infinity House sober home, to enroll residents of Infinity House in Tomasso’s treatment programs.
Tomasso operated Pathways 2 Recovery in Boca Raton, Inspirations Recovery in Greenacres and Acceptance Recovery Center in Delray Beach from the offices of Global Recovery Resources, another business he owned.
Tomasso paid between $200 and $650 for every week of treatment that a resident of Infinity House attended Tomasso’s drug treatment programs, according to the arrest report. The owner of Hartnett Resource Services and an employee of Infinity House were not named in the report.
Tomasso’s criminal record dates back to 2005 when he was sentenced to three years in prison for defrauding the state’s unemployment agency. In 2011, Tomasso was arrested again and charged with conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud in a timeshare resale scheme. He was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison.
The owners of London Treatment Center in West Palm Beach also pleaded guilty to patient brokering charges on Monday. Mark Johnston, 55, and Jordi Martinez-Garcia, 49, both pleaded guilty to 20 counts of patient brokering and were ordered to each pay $108,918 in fines.
Other sober home operators told investigators that Martinez-Garcia and Johnston agreed to pay $600 a week for every insured addict they enrolled in their program, London Treatment Center, according to the arrest report.
The sober-home operators said Martinez-Garcia and Johnston told them that they knew the payments were illegal and asked them to sign marketing contracts or flat-fee contracts for a specific number of patients, according to arrest reports.
All three men agreed to cooperate with the task force’s ongoing investigations.