Anti-Fraud Activities Shift To Medicare, Mortgage Lending; Others Less Likely To Face ProsecutionUSA Today: Fewer Prosecuted In Benefits Program Fraud
The drop in criminal prosecutions indicates a shift for federal law enforcement agencies, which have increasingly targeted schemes aimed at mortgage lending, financial institutions and Medicare, the government [health] insurance plan for the elderly. It suggests that people who defraud food stamps, Social Security or other benefits programs are less likely to face federal criminal charges (Heath, 6/28). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.