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BREAKING: DOJ charges hundreds in nationwide health care, opioid fraud schemes

More than 400 people, including doctors, pharmacists and nurses, were charged in connection with a series of health cares fraud schemes that bilked the federal government of more than $1 billion

Photo by: Jacquelyn Martin Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference about opioid addiction, Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Washington Times Reports - 

Thursday, July 13, 2017 More than 400 people, including doctors, pharmacists and nurses, were charged in connection with a series of health cares fraud schemes that bilked the federal government of more than $1 billion, officials from the Justice Department and Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday.

 About a quarter of those were charged with fraud specifically related to opioids. Describing some of the cases brought, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said trusted medical professionals “have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients.”

 Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the health care fraud bust targeted those who “maliciously contributed” to the nation’s opioid epidemic. In all, 412 people, including 56 doctors, were charged as a result of the nationwide operation. The Justice Department said those accused have defrauded taxpayers of approximately $1.3 billion.

 “Some doctors wrote out more prescriptions for controlled substances than entire hospitals were writing,” said FBI acting Director Andrew McCabe. 

According to federal prosecutors, the individuals charged were involved in schemes in which they submitted claims to Medicare and Medicaid for treatments that were either medically unnecessary or never provided. Patient recruiters were used in some cases and paid cash kickbacks for collection beneficiary information for providers that would be used to submit fraudulent bills to the government. 

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