Dozens Charged In $100M Medicare Fraud Scam

NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — Federal prosecutors in New York City say dozens of people are charged in a $100 million Medicare fraud scam with overseas connections. Authorities call it the largest Medicare fraud ever by a single criminal enterprise.

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Authorities said Wednesday that 44 people are charged in New York City, and most of them are in custody. Others were arrested in Los Angeles. Authorities said some suspects have links to an Armenian organized crime group and sent money abroad.

The suspects allegedly stole the identities of both doctors and patients, and set up phantom clinics and bank accounts. Authorities say they used the names to submit about $100 million in bills, and got back more than $35 million from Medicare.

The scheme involved over 100 fake health care providers in about 25 states.

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  • Edward Gill

    If they find a 100 million they lost 100 billion.

  • Devenio

    We need to adopt a China Policy. When Officials are caught doing something wrong or are deemed incompetent, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!

  • VAHE


    • Devenio

      We should give them tax payer money? Not sure how that will solve the problem.

    • Devenio

      We should give them tax payer money?
      Not sure how that will solve the problem.
      In fact I think that may bring more roaches out the woodwork.

  • envy

    who is going to feed them again in prison? let them work hard labor.

  • Ted Spik

    This just proves once again that the USA Government has difficulty handling
    large sums of money. There has to be a way to control the purse strings.

  • RD

    It’s real simple if the government really wants to crack down on this BS….issue a 10% reward to anyone reporting Medicare / Medicaid fraud. Personally, I’d then outsource the prison time to places like Mexico, Turkey, Russia, etc.

  • twt

    It is either an inside job, and or the people directly invovled at Medicare should be held accountable.

  • charles finley

    Throw them in jail and throw away the key. They should have 60 yr. mim sentences.

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