DOJ announces charges against 400 people for $1.3 billion in health-care fraud

From Washington Post, “More than 400 people across the country have been charged with participating in health care fraud scams totaling about $1.3 billion in false billings, including for the prescription and distribution of opioids.

In what federal officials Thursday called the “largest ever health care fraud enforcement action” by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, 412 individuals, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, were arrested in a nationwide operation that involved more than 1,000 law enforcement agents in at least 30 states.

“We will continue to find, arrest, prosecute, convict and incarcerate fraudsters and drug dealers wherever they are.”

Six of the doctors were charged with operating a scheme in Michigan to prescribe unnecessary opioids, some of which were then sold on the street. The doctors allegedly billed Medicare for $164 million in fraudulent claims, according to federal officials.”

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