NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has launched an all-out assault on medical professionals who scam federal health programs out of billions of dollars a year.
On Monday, Hynes announced the creation of the Healthcare Fraud Division in collaboration with the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the city Human Resources Administration .
In the first of its kind collaboration, local prosecutors and city agencies have teamed up with the U.S. Attorney’s office and federal authorities to go after Medicare and Medicaid cheats.
Offending doctors, pharmacists and patients bilk the health care programs of $60 billion a year nationwide, according to officials.
“This new tool, this new program I think I’m very, very confident given already the number of cases that have been referred by the federal task force is going to be very successful,” Hynes told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks. “We are very, very confident that that collaboration will yield significant prosecutions and return of millions of dollars.”