Justice Department prosecutes 412 people involved in health care scheme worth $1.3 billion

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On Thursday, U.S. prosecutors stated that they have found over 400 people guilty for partaking in health care and opioid fraud that amounts to $1.3 billion in fake billing.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session called this scam the “largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history” suggesting that some physicians, nurses and pharmacists “have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients.”

Six physicians from Michigan are among the accused of giving out prescriptions for unnecessary opioids. A rehabilitation organization in Florida is suspected of having recruited addicts with gift cards and visits to strip clubs that made them up to $58 million in fictitious treatments.

The network of people that have prescribed drugs reaches over 120 people, all of whom have been charged for the scam.

“They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed. Their actions not only enrich themselves, often at the expense of taxpayers, but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start,” stated Attorney General Sessions.

The U.S. Attorney General added that approximately 300 health providers have been forbidden or suspended from partaking in government health care programs or prescribe medicine.

All of the accused in the fraud scandal are people who have unlawfully charged Medicaid, Medicare, or the health insurance program that provides service to members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families.

The charges include the billing of programs for unneeded medicine that was either never bought or never provided to their customers.

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