Medicare Fraud Strike Force Widens Scope
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Dec. 15, 2009 expansion of Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations to Brooklyn, Tampa, and Baton Rouge.
“Along with teams already operating in Miami, Los Angeles, Houston and Detroit,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “these Strike Force operations will allow us to concentrate our agents and resources on the criminal hubs where we know a significant share of fraud occurs.”
On the same day, 30 people were charged in Miami, Detroit, and Brooklyn for their alleged roles in schemes to submit more than $61 million in false Medicare claims. And Strike Force agents executed four search warrants at businesses and homes in Coconut Creek, Fla., Miami, and Brooklyn.
Since operations began in March 2007, the Strike Force has obtained indictments of more than 460 individuals and organizations that collectively have falsely billed the Medicare program for more than $1 billion.