NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is working to track down anyone with information about an elderly man who was found in the Brownsville area of Northwest Miami-Dade.

The 85-year-old was found Friday evening living in inhumane conditions and near death by HHS agents.

Investigators said agents found the man sleeping in a cramped, dirty space inside a home with no one there to care for him.

Pictures showed the man curled up on a mattress.

“Conditions were in squalor and dirty and just not anywhere where I would want my father to be,” said HHS Assistant Special Agent in Charge Stephen Mahmood.

HHS’ Office of the Inspector General is on the case and asking for the public’s help.

“Because we don’t want people taking advantage of our elderly like that,” said Mahmood.

Investigators said the elderly man’s name and information were used to open a Durable Medical Equipment company and the following businesses:

  • Artic Medical Supplies, Inc. – Miami
  • Full Management Group, LLC – Miami Lakes
  • South Service Enterprise, LLC – Miami
  • Green Dade Transport, LLC – Miami

Through these companies, investigators said, thieves submitted potentially false claims to Medicare to the tune of $350,000.

“While this gentleman was in squalor and poor health, these fraudsters most likely were enjoying the financial benefit from their crime,” said Mahmood, “and to me, that’s deplorable. That’s disgusting.”

As investigators try to track down the people responsible, the elderly victim is currently being treated in a hospital.

Contact HHS-OIG at 1-800-447-8477 or tips.hhs.gov if you have any information on the elderly man or information related to the companies named above.

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