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412 people charged over U.S. health fraud schemes worth £1 billion

412 people charged over U.S. health fraud schemes worth £1 billion

The busts also constitute the largest opioid-related fraud charging in USA history-120 of the defendants, including doctors, face charges for their role in prescribing and distributing opioids and other narcotics.

In the last week alone, more than a dozen people - including several doctors - have been charged with health care fraud crimes in federal court in Detroit involving more than $164 million in false billings, The News reported.

Officials did not immediately respond to queries about the California cases, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services began suspension actions against 295 health-care providers, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

After missing a court-ordered deadline by one day, the Justice Department released a heavily redacted security form related to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his possible contacts with the Russian government.

In South Florida alone, the roughly 80 newly charged defendants were accused of submitting more than $140 million in fraudulent Medicare claims for services that were either not necessary or provided, according to the USA attorney's office in Miami.

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Often, patient recruiters were allegedly paid cash kickbacks for supplying beneficiary information to providers, so that the providers could then submit fraudulent bills to Medicare.

The Justice Department's LGBTQ affinity group also celebrated Pride month in June, though it remains unclear what administration officials said at the event, because it too was closed to the press. Since it was created in 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has charged over 3,500 defendants collectively responsible for over $12.5 billion in fraud.

Some of the health care fraud scams have been identified by local reporters in the communities where they occurred. Price added that President Trump "instinctively understands the importance of saving and strengthening Medicare and Medicaid", pointing to the president's first budget request, which asked for an increased investment in the HHS' Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program.

Sessions noted the US murder rate had risen 10 percent nationwide in just one year, marking the largest increase since 1968. We will use every tool we have to stop criminals from exploiting vulnerable people and stealing our hard-earned tax dollars.

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