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Nationwide Crackdown Charges 601 Individuals with Over $2 Billion in Healthcare Fraud
In a sweeping crackdown that vastly exceeded investigations of years' past, the U.S. Department of Justice and Medicare Fraud Strike Force charged 601 individuals with over $2 billion in healthcare fraud. In Brooklyn and Long Island alone, numerous healthcare providers were charged with over a combined $163 million in healthcare fraud.
The Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which oversees and coordinates national healthcare fraud enforcement, conducted similar annual crackdowns over the past few years in conjunction with local law enforcement. The scope and size of these investigations have rapidly grown in magnitude, with the 2018 takedown nearly doubling that of 2017 with respect to dollar amount. This most recent crackdown was also noteworthy for including an increased range of healthcare providers, including physicians and other practitioners, clinics, pharmacies, and a number of other healthcare-related businesses such as management and billing companies.
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