Hundreds charged in health, opioid fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that more than 400 people have been charged with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that the amount of money in false billing reaches to $1.3 bilion.

The Attorney Jeff Sessions says that this is the largest health care fraud takedown op in the American history.

He also said that some doctors, nurses and even pharmacists have chosen to put their greed ahead of their patients and with that broke their given oaths.

Among the charged are six Michigan doctors accused for prescribing unnecessary opioids.

Officials said those charged in the schemes include more than 120 people involved in illegally prescribing and distributing narcotic painkillers. Such prescription opioids are behind the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in U.S. history. More than 52,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2015 – a record – and experts believe the numbers have continued to rise.

“In some cases, we had addicts packed into standing-room-only waiting rooms waiting for these prescriptions. They are a death sentence, plain and simple,” explained FBI director Andrew McCabe.

Nearly 300 health care providers are being suspended or banned from participating in federal health care programs. 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,” said Attorney Sessions.

Sweeps for health care frauds like Thursday’s happen every year across the country, but law enforcement officials continue to work on finding the best way to fight the problem.

The people charged were illegally billing Medicare, Medicaid and the health insurance program that serves members of the armed forces, retired service members and their families, said the Justice Department.

The allegations include claims that those charged billed the programs for unnecessary drugs that were never purchased or given to the patients.

 

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