ABC News reported, that federal agents raided health care facilities in nine states (Miami, Brooklyn, Tampa, Chicago, Baton Rouge, Houston, Dallas, and Los Angeles), arresting dozens of suspects believed to be defrauding Medicare.
More than 100 doctors, nurses, therapists and healthcare company executives have allegedly been stealing $200 million in recent months. Much of the fraud involved healthcare professionals billing the government for medical services never performed.
The three clinics in Brooklyn, N.Y., are suspected of bilking Medicare and Medicaid for more than $50 million over the last two years.
Investigators say: patients willing to go along with the scam were paid $40 per visit for three appointments per week, and were often diagnosed with vertigo or other ailments that would limit their mobility. Ambulettes provided by Medicare and Medicaid were transporting these patients back and forth for fraudulent appointments.
The clinic would then collect from Medicare or Medicaid for the ambulance rides, and the supposed services provided at the phony appointments.
Seven of the nine Brooklyn suspects are in custody.
In Miami, federal agents arrested more than 30 Medicare fraud suspects,
Twenty-one defendants, including three doctors, three physical therapists and one occupational therapist, were charged in Detroit for schemes to defraud Medicare of more than $23 million.
Ten defendants were charged in Tampa for participating in schemes involving more than $5 million related to false claims for physical therapy, durable medical equipment and pharmaceuticals.
There is the same in Houston with different numbers.
In Dallas, seven defendants were indicted for conspiring to submit $2.8 million in false billing to Medicare, five defendants were charged in Los Angeles for their roles in schemes to defraud Medicare of more than $28 million.