Latebreakers: Medicare fraud crackdown nets 38 culprits

May 21, 2007

Thirty-eight people accused of defrauding Medicare of more than $142 million have been arrested in southern Florida.

Thirty-eight people accused of defrauding Medicare of more than $142 million have been arrested in southern Florida. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by a multi-agency team of federal, state, and local investigators designed specifically to combat Medicare fraud. The charges included a scheme to charge Medicare for unnecessarily compounded aerosol medications, conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program, criminal false claims, and violations of the antikickback statutes. If convicted, many of the defendants will face up to 20 years in prison on these charges. For the current indictments, the task force targeted infusion therapy and DME suppliers.