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89 Arrested In $223 Million Medicare Fraud Schemes

Doctors and nurses were among those charged in the bust that spanned eight cities and focused on bogus Medicare charges.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Doctors And Nurses Among Nearly 100 Charged In $223 Million Medicare Fraud Busts In 8 Cities
Nearly 100 people, including 14 doctors and nurses, were charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that collectively billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges in a massive bust spanning eight cities, federal authorities said Tuesday. It was the latest in a string of similar announcements by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder as federal authorities crack down on fraud that's believed to cost the program between $60 billion and $90 billion each year (5/14).

Reuters: U.S. Charges 89 People In $223 Million Medicare Fraud Schemes
Federal officials charged 89 people including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in eight U.S. cities on Tuesday with Medicare fraud schemes that the government said totaled $223 million in false billings. In the latest big Medicare fraud crackdown, more than 400 law enforcement officers including FBI agents fanned out in Miami, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and other cities to make arrests (Morgan, 5/14).

McClatchy: 89 Arrested In Crackdown By Medicare Fraud Strike Force
Doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals were among 89 people recently arrested in nine cities, accused of scheming to defraud the Medicare program of nearly $223 million in false billings, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. The defendants face charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, money laundering and violating federal anti-kickback statutes for submitting claims to Medicare for purchases, treatments and services that, according to federal officials, either were medically unnecessary or never provided (Pugh, 5/14).

The Hill: Feds Tout Medicare Fraud Bust
The Obama administration announced Tuesday that 89 people in eight cities have been charged with about $223 million in false Medicare billings. The action is part of a federal initiative against Medicare fraud that has yielded six "takedowns" since 2010, officials said (Viebeck, 5/14).

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