In what is being called the largest Medicare fraud bust in U.S. history, charges have been brought against 107 individuals, including doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals. The Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations swept seven cities across the country and involved approximately $452 million in false Medicare billing. The coordinated effort on May 2, 2012, involved the highest amount of false Medicare billing in a single takedown in the strike force’s history. Over 500 law enforcement agents from the FBI, HHS-Office of Inspector General, numerous Medicaid Fraud Control Units, and other state and local law enforcement agencies participated in the bust.
Attorney General, Eric Holder, was quoted saying, “The results we are announcing today are at the heart of an Administration-wide commitment to protecting American taxpayers from health care fraud, which can drive up costs and threaten the strength and integrity of our health care system. We are determined to bring to justice those who violate our laws and defraud the Medicare program for personal gain. As today’s takedown reflects, our ongoing fight against health care fraud has never been more coordinated and effective.”
Charges against the defendants accused of Medicare fraud vary from conspiracy to commit health care fraud, violations of anti-kickback statues, health care fraud, and money laundering. According to official documents, those charged in the bust were partaking in schemes to submit claims to Medicare for treatments that were medically unnecessary and oftentimes never provided.
Prior Medicare fraud fighting contractor, Linda Webb, AKA The Fraud Dog, leading fraud expert, commends the Department of Justice and its coordinated efforts with numerous law enforcement agencies, for turning up the HEAT on the fight against fraud. Especially with the health care exchange programs coming down the road for universal health care. Webb says, “We have got to get a handle on Medicare fraud if we expect to fight fraud in the new governmental health care programs in the future. Networks of fraud fighters across America will be needed to join forces to take on the army of fraudsters that lies ahead.” Let’s stop the fraudster in their tracks, and send them packing says the Fraud Dog, Linda Webb. “Let’s send a message back to the fraudster that we are coming for them!”
To report potentially fraudulent activity, contact Linda Webb aka The Fraud Dog, leading fraud expert at 1-855-FRAUD-DOG.