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243 Medical Professionals Busted, on $712 Million Fraud!

dr Organized crime is perpetrated by more than thugs with guns, but professionals with the power of a pen and a computer. Over the past year and half, I have included many medical professionals ensnared by the greed beast and crossed over to a life of crime in my posts, but they don’t seem to be getting the message. I hope that the alarms are sounding as Uncle Sam’s new Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, and her posses are coming out with smoking guns.

On June 18, 2015, the United States Department of Justice announced a nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 17 districts, resulting in charges against 243 individuals, including 46 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings. According to the Inspector General Office, this takedown is the largest in Strike Force history, both in terms of the number of defendants charged and loss amount. [Can you wrap your mind around this, almost a billion dollar theft from Medicare and Medicaid? This is just one in tens of thousands of cases . . . and mind you, these are college educated, professional licensed individuals committing these crimes. Let’s entertain a question here, who’s doing more harm these professionals defrauding the government out of hundreds of millions of dollars, or the thugs who held up a party store for… $50. Also, entertain this; the thugs will get somewhere in the range of 15 through 25 maybe more years in prison for the crime, whereas some of these professionals will get probation or maybe up to a few years. It appears that justice has to do more with ‘not how much you took, but how you went about taking it’. Interesting, don’t you think!]

Back to this historical breaking occurrence.

The defendants are charged with various health care fraud-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit health care fraud, violations of the anti-kickback statutes, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.  The charges are based on a variety of alleged fraud schemes involving various medical treatments and services, including home health care, psychotherapy, physical and occupational therapy, durable medical equipment (DME) and pharmacy fraud.  More than 44 of the defendants arrested are charged with fraud related to the Medicare prescription drug benefit program known as Part D, which is the fastest-growing component of the Medicare program overall. [Just a few weeks ago, I posted a hospital’s executive father and son team that were sentenced to 45 and 20 years in prison for their roles in a health care fraud-related crime. Mind you, this is one of those rare cases where the defendants received such high sentences]

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