September 8, 2011 by USA Post
Medicare Fraud, In the biggest offensive against the swindlers in the history of Medicare Working Group, USA Federal investigators have charged 91 people, including doctors, nurses and clinic owners, attempts to defraud the Medicare system.
The 91 people were charged in eight different cities of billing for services not rendered, money laundering, threatening Medicare beneficiaries and offer bribes by the number of beneficiaries.
“From Brooklyn to Miami to Los Angeles, the defendants allegedly tried the Medicare program as a personal piggy bank,” said the head of the criminal division of the Department of Justice, Lanny Breuer told reporters in Washington.
Among those arrested was a Detroit physician who allegedly billed Medicare for services rendered to the dead. Seventy of the defendants were charged this week and 21 others charged in recent weeks.
The largest number of defendants came from Miami, where 45 were accused of false invoicing and 159 million for home health, durable medical equipment, infusion of HIV treatment and mental health services.
Two people were indicted in Houston for false invoicing and 62 million dollars.
In all, 91 defendants face charges of attempted cheating the system and the nearly 295 million.
The federal program, serving over 40 million elderly and disabled Americans, has been bleeding billions of waste, fraud and abuse, according to health experts and law enforcement.
In October last year, authorities arrested 52 residents of Los Angeles for his alleged participation in a national plan to defraud Medicare and more than 160 million.
In 2008, criminals from two Florida counties and accounted for only about $ 400 million in fraudulent Medicare bills.
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