Medicare Fraud Strike Force Charges 30 Individuals with Medicare Fraud and Expands Operations

Thanks to the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, 30 people have been charged in three cities for their alleged roles in schemes to submit more than $61 million in false Medicare claims, according to a Dec. 15, 2009 press release by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). These individuals who were charged are accused of various Medicare fraud crimes, including conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program, conspiracy to launder money, money laundering, criminal false claims, making false statements, and receiving kickbacks, according to the release.

On the same day of the release, the Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the expansion of Strike Force operations into Brooklyn, Tampa, and Baton Rouge.  Strike Force teams are operating in seven cities: Miami, Los Angeles, Detroit, Houston, Brooklyn, Tampa, and Baton Rouge.

The Strike Force has obtained indictments of more than 460 individuals and organizations that collectively have falsely billed the Medicare program for more than one billion dollars, according to the release.

For the full release, go to: http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel09/medicare_121509.htm.

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