Medicare fraud sting results in 91 arrests nationwide
WASHINGTON – Federal investigators announced Wednesday they charged 91 people in eight cities with attempting to bilk Medicare out of $295 million in what Attorney General Eric Holder called the biggest takedown in Medicare task force history.
The cases in the coordinated nationwide strike consisted of billing for services never provided, money laundering, providing kickbacks for Medicare beneficiary numbers, and, in one case, threatening Medicare recipients that they would lose their housing if they did not participate in a scheme in Miami. More than 400 agencies participated in the sting.
“Our anti-health-care-fraud efforts have never been more innovative, collaborative, aggressive or effective,” Holder said. “We are fighting back.”
Details from the strike include: