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‘Wired Colleagues’ Tell All To FBI About Alleged Medicare Kickbacks At Chicago Hospital

Medscape: Medicare Kickback Bust In Chicago Hinged On Wired Colleagues
Two executives of a hospital in Chicago, Illinois, along with 3 physicians and a podiatrist were arrested by federal agents April 16 for allegedly conspiring to give and receive illegal kickbacks for referring Medicare and Medicaid patients in a case built with "wired" colleagues who had flipped for law enforcement. The 6 individuals could face more charges as the FBI and the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) sift through records seized from the hospital in their investigation of other alleged fraud schemes (Lowes, 4/18).

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