WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Story
The suspects, including doctors, allegedly worked with people posing as patients to defraud Medicare of more than $95 million, officials said.
WCBS 880 reporter Irene Cornell says that, according to federal officials, several doctors were working with members of the health care fraud ring, who would pose as patients. They’d submit phony health care claims for nonexistent ailments to Medicare.
According to the indictments, those involved provided services such as massages, facials, lunches and dancing classes to Medicare beneficiaries to get them to allow their Medicare numbers to be billed for medical services that were never provided and not medically necessary.
Eleven of the defendants were arrested or surrendered on Wednesday and a 12th person is expected to surrender later.
The fraud operated in Brooklyn and Queens.