More Than 100 Are Charged in Medicare Fraud Sweep

Reuters (05/02/12)
U.S. officials have charged 107 individuals, including doctors and nurses, for attempting to steal about $452 million from the Medicare health care program for the elderly and disabled, the Obama administration said May 2. At least 91 people were arrested in seven cities on a smattering of charges, from submitting false statements for home health care, mental health services, HIV infusions, and physical therapy to money laundering and accepting kickbacks. Federal officials were unable to say how much Medicare actually paid out, but a review of 34 complaints and indictments found that the authorities were hoping to recover $60 million or more.

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