A recent Medicare Fraud Strike Force takedown in 17 districts resulted in Medicare fraud charges against 243 individuals, including 46 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals. The takedown uncovered approximately $712 million in false billings, resulting from schemes to submit claims to Medicare and Medicaid for treatments that were medically unnecessary or never provided. Patient recruiters, Medicare beneficiaries and others were allegedly paid cash kickbacks to supply providers with beneficiary information. The takedown is the largest coordinated effort by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force to date, in terms of both the loss amount and the number of defendants charged.
The DOJ press release is available at:
Department of Justice. “National Medicare Fraud Takedown Results in Charges Against 243 Individuals for Approximately $712 Million in False Billing.” Justice News. 18 Jun. 2015.