September 7th, 2011
03:19 PM ET

Justice Department charges 91 in $295 million Medicare fraud scheme

The Justice Department on Wednesday announced charges against 91 people including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals allegedly involved in a nationwide Medicare fraud scheme in eight cities totaling $295 million in false billing.

“The defendants charged in this takedown are accused of stealing precious taxpayer resources and defrauding Medicare – jeopardizing the integrity of our health care system and our nation’s most critical health care program for personal gain,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a press release. “Our highly coordinated, nationwide Strike Force operations are working aggressively to combat Medicare fraud and our anti-health care fraud efforts have never been more innovative, collaborative, aggressive – or effective. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners and partners across government to fight against health care fraud.”

According to the Justice Department those charged are accused of a variety of fraud-related crimes including conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program, health care fraud, violations of the anti-kickback statutes and money laundering. The scheme involved home health care, physical and occupational therapy, mental health services, psychotherapy and durable medical equipment services, the Justice Department said.

“Today’s arrests are a powerful warning to those who would try to defraud taxpayers and Medicare beneficiaries,” Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a press release. "These arrests illustrate close cooperation between the Medicare program that identified these fraudsters and the law enforcement officials who acted swiftly to cut them off. And our efforts to stop criminals don’t end here because the Affordable Care Act gives us new tools to prevent Medicare fraud before it is committed – better protecting seniors and the integrity of the Medicare program for generations to come.”

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  1. Wasted1

    And I thought the governor of FL had left private health care...

    September 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeremy

    I would say I'm surprised, but I'm not. Not anymore.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      This has been going on for so long. Why do Medicare costs over the years are going up and up? I wonder how much more in real money we are losing to these criminals. Off with their heads!!! Find a decent job and earn money that you can be proud of.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jjh

    Since the Tea Partiers want to eliminate Medicare, this will also eliminate Medicare fraud. Problem solved.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smokingman

      Eliminate Tea Partiers and the problem is solved.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Theres just no cure for you stupid people is there?

      September 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |

      Of course not, Rick. If there was, the Tea Party Movement would fizzle out overnight and that would deprive any Republican any chance of being elected which in turn would be good for this country! On the other hand, we need to get rid of Barack Obama so the 2012 elections are a no-win proposition for this country!!!

      September 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jordan scene©

    That's a damn shame, working professionals scamming a system designed to help the needy. Instead of jailing them, they should sentence them to community service doing free medical care with elderly/needy for life.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    It's about time we got some good news for a change. If one eliminates Medicare fraud, that would go a very long way toward making Medicare solvent. On ther hand, there are a lot of right-wing fanatics in Washington who want to eliminate Medicare altogether and put that money into the military, too and give the rest away in the form of foreign aid to these so-called "friendly" countries abroad.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    @Jordan scene©:

    That is a really good idea.

    @George Patton:

    You're absolutely right. Good post.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert Cloosdoosch

    Is one of the 91 people Rick Scott?

    September 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      LOL – we could only wish...

      September 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chas in Iowa

    Before we start talking about cutting Medicare I wish the GOP would concentrate on issues like this one.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sarah Kevorkian

    Where are the Death Sqads when you need them?

    September 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tickers

      Budget cuts killed them off!

      September 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name*jt

    Greed is destroying this once great nation.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sore

      Yup..........Highly visible in the Cheney Administration

      September 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. THINK

    No need to cut budget.just look at fraud,waste and abuse.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Name*Angelee Brown

    That's what I'm talking about! If we could just minimize fraud and waste, these programs would be sustainable.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TRH

    A collective cheer should go up in this country. We need more good news like this.

    Well done forensic accountants! Now finish the play and make sure these people pay for their crimes.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jack Be Humble

    Get a rope.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. boogietime

    A powerful warning that you have a 3% chance of getting busted maybe.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
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