Feds arrest hundreds in largest Medicare fraud case ever

In what is believed to be the largest Medicare fraud case in American history, the Justice Department announced Wednesday that federal authorities have arrested 301 persons for allegedly deceiving Medicare and federal health programs of over $900 million.

Included in the myriad of charges are conspiracy to commit health care fraud, money laundering and violations of an anti-kickback laws.

“As this takedown should make clear, health care fraud is not an abstract violation or benign offense.  It is a serious crime,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in announcing the charges.

The case against physicians, nurses, therapists and pharmacists announced Wednesday rivals a similar case in 2015 which ensnared 243 health care professionals for fraud in excess of $700 million.

The facts of one case suggest some clinic operators specifically targeted the indigent, lured them with drugs and invoiced them for medical services which were never provided.

In another case, the owners and recruiter of a group of clinics filed over $36 million in services for patients which were unneeded.

Below is a map of states where allegations of fraud took place.

Florida alone is estimated to be home to $237 million in illegal Medicare payments, while fraud cases totaling over $100 million are alleged in each state of Texas, California and Michigan.

 

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