Miamians Charged in Elaborate Medicare Fraud

Federal prosecutors charged eight conspirators in Miami with defrauding the U.S. healthcare system by creating phony clinics that churned out $100 million of medical bills in five states, according to a June 23, 2009 Reuters news article.

The sophisticated scheme involved fake clinics, which in reality were empty storefronts or post office boxes–none providing any actual medical services. The defendants face charges ranging from conspiracy to commit Medicare fraud and money laundering to aggravated identity theft. If convicted, the defendants could get prison time and have to forfeit their profits, according to Reuters.

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