89 Charged in Medicare Fraud Busts in 8 Cities, Including Houston

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Federal investigators say dozens of people have been charged in Medicare scams that collectively billed the taxpayer-funded program about $223 million in bogus charges.

Agents fanned out across the country for Tuesday's arrests - raiding businesses, seizing documents and charging 89 suspects in Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Detroit, Chicago, Tampa, Fla., and Baton Rouge, La.

Four doctors were charged in Chicago and Brooklyn.

It's the latest in a string of similar announcements by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder. Tuesday's bust marks the sixth national Medicare fraud takedown. Nearly 600 individuals have been charged in schemes involving almost $2 billion.

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