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A federal Medicare Fraud Strike Force has brought charges against 91 people in seven cities-including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals-in suspected Medicare fraud schemes that bilked the government of more than $429 million in false billings.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in announcing the charges Thursday, said dozens of those named in the cases already had been arrested or had surrendered to authorities as indictments were unsealed across the country.

The indictments, they said, charge more than $230 million in home health care fraud; more than $100 million in mental health care fraud; more than $49 million in ambulance transportation fraud; and $50 million in other frauds.

Read more: 91 charged in Medicare fraud scheme - Washington Time

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Hey, I'm glad this Bush era task force is still in operation catching people who are basically thieves. Any time there's a lot of money changing hands there will be folks who try to get it by dishonest means. This program seems to have been pretty successful.

Since its inception in March 2007, strike force operations in nine locations have charged more than 1,480 defendants who are accused of collectively billing Medicare falsely for more than $4.8 billion.

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Hey, I'm glad this Bush era task force is still in operation catching people who are basically thieves. Any time there's a lot of money changing hands there will be folks who try to get it by dishonest means. This program seems to have been pretty successful.

Problem is the way Medicare and to an extent Medicaid are set up (government entitlement programs, not insurance) they basically invite persons to commit fraud, waste and or otherwise abuse the system.

Everytime one hears of a *major* arrest/crackdown it really is of little comfort in that so much still is out there going on. IIRC Medicare alone has losses in the billions per year due to theft and or other forms of abuse. A private insurance company would be out of business and or heads would roll of that sort of thing occured year after year.

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