90 Charged In $260 Million Medicare Fraud

Source: Kevin Johnson / USA Today

WASHINGTON — Law enforcement authorities announced the arrests Tuesday of 90 people, including 16 doctors, linked to alleged Medicare fraud schemes across the nation involving an estimated $260 million in false billings to the taxpayer-funded program.

Much of the enforcement action was centered in Miami, where 50 people were charged with fraudulent billings for home health care, mental health and pharmacy services worth an estimated $65.5 million.

In one of the Miami cases, two suspects were charged in a $23 million scheme in which the defendants solicited kickbacks from a pharmacy owner for providing Medicare beneficiary information. That data was then used to bill for drugs that were never dispensed.

“The crimes charged represent the face of health care fraud today,” Acting Assistant Attorney General David O’Neil said. “Doctors billing for services that were never rendered, supply companies providing motorized wheelchairs that were never needed, recruiters paying kickbacks to get Medicare billing numbers of patients.

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