Flash back to fall 1992: A Miami doctor was convicted of Medicare fraud, after he wrote prescriptions for respiratory equipment for poor Belle Glade residents whom he never saw.

Flash forward 19 years to fall 2011: The same physician, Frank J. Ballesteros, was indicted along with 23 others on charges of peddling pain killers and bilking Medicare for millions — again for allegedly signing fraudulent prescriptions.

Now Ballesteros, 57, cannot practice medicine because he’s being held at the Federal Detention Center in downtown Miami. A magistrate judge has denied his bid for bond, saying he is a danger to the community and a flight risk.

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