Health Care Fraud Takedown Expands to 601 People,.124 In South Florida

As reported before, the government has been cracking down on fake drug and opioid rehab in Florida and other key states, but the stakes just got bigger. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the “largest health-care fraud takedown in history,” involving over 1,000 police and other law enforcement officers charging 601 people with over $2 billion in fraud damages. Among these 601 people were 76 doctors, 23 pharmacy technicians, and 19 nurses. A significant share of these arrests took place in South Florida – 124 accused defendants from Wellington to Boca Raton and West Palm Beach – and involved more than $337 million in fraudulent bills to insurance companies for services like home health services and pharmacy bills for overpriced ointments and other medicines. No word yet as to whether the net will enlarge and take more defrauders, but for now it would appear that the Justice Department has played its hand and is satisfied with the results.

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U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions announced today what he called “the largest health-care fraud takedown in history,” with more than 1,000 law enforcement officers charging 601 people — including 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses — with more than $2 billion in fraud.

The takedown included 124 defendants in South Florida 一 in locations from Wellington to West Palm Beach to Boca Raton — charged with offenses relating to their participation in various fraud schemes involving over $337 million in false billings for services including home health care and pharmacy fraud.

“These are despicable crimes. We cannot tolerate them. We will not tolerate them,’’ Sessions said. “We are sending a clear message to criminals across county. We will find you. We will bring you to justice. You will pay a very high price for what you have done.’’ Click Here to Continue Reading

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