243 People Arrested for $712 Million Medicare Fraud

The faulty tampering with the government healthcare program, Medicare has totalled offenses worth $712 million, with the government arresting 243 people for submitting fake billing, the US Department of Justice stated on Thursday.

The mischief was revealed by a nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force and the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. With 243 charged and $712 million lost, the fraud has been claimed to be the largest crackdown in the Medicare Fraud Strike Force’s history.

The government informed that 46 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals have been charged with executing several fraud schemes.

Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General informed,” In the days ahead, the Department of Justice will continue to focus on preventing wrongdoing and prosecuting those criminal activities which drive up medical costs and jeopardizes a system that our citizens trust with their lives”.

Lynch further stated that it is the largest criminal health care fraud revealed and it adds to an already remarkable record of enforcement. Lynch added that the defendants charged include doctors, patient recruiters, home health care providers, pharmacy owners and others who billed for equipment that wasn’t provided, for care that wasn’t needed and for services that weren’t rendered.

Majority of the arrests were in Florida while 73 defendants were from Miami, charged with offenses involving approximately $263 million in false billings. Arrests were also made in Houston, Dallas and McAllen in Texas, Los Angeles, Detroit, Tampa, Brooklyn and New Orleans.

The federal authorities have geared up since 2007 to curb Medicare fraud and have charged nearly 2,100 people with falsely billing since then.

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