Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the largest health care fraud take-down in American history, resulting in 412 individuals being rounded up and facing charges.
Sessions explained that the massive operation was the result of a multi-year effort on behalf of the Justice Department, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services as well as thousands of state and federal law enforcement officers.
The suspects are being charged with submitting false claims to be compensated by the federal government programs such as Medicaid.
The estimated amount of fraud that is to have taken place is $1.3 billion dollars.
In addition, some of these health care professionals are also being charged with opioid-related crimes.
“Too many trusted medical professionals like doctors, nurses, and pharmacists have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients. Amazingly, some have made their practices into multimillion dollar criminal enterprises.
They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed. Their actions not only enrich themselves often at the expense of taxpayers but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start. The consequences are real: emergency rooms, jail cells, futures lost, and graveyards.”
In fact, explained Sessions, one doctor alone, in a Houston clinic, is alleged to have given out “12,000 opioid prescriptions for over 2 million illegal painkiller doses.”
Though this take down of the 412 individuals, accused of defrauding the health care system, is the largest in American history, Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated that this was just the beginning, and that there was more criminal apprehensions to come.
“We are sending a clear message to criminals across the country: we will find you. We will bring you to justice. And, you will pay a very high price for what you have done.”
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