Corporate Compliance

Medicare Fraud Strike Force charges 111 in the country's largest healthcare fraud takedown

Compliance Monitor, February 23, 2011

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force charged 111 defendants in nine cities for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving more than $225 million in false billing, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. The operation is the largest-ever federal healthcare fraud takedown. 

The defendants are accused of various healthcare fraud-related crimes, including the following:

  • Conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program
  • Criminal false claims
  • Violations of the anti-kickback statutes
  • Money laundering
  • Aggravated identity theft

The charges are based on a variety of alleged fraud schemes involving various medical treatments and services, such as the following:

  • Home healthcare
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Nerve conduction tests
  • Durable medical equipment  

The DOJ and Department of Health and Human Services also announced the expansion of Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations to Dallas and Chicago. The Medicare Fraud Strike Force is a multi-agency team of federal, state, and local investigators designed to combat Medicare fraud through the use of Medicare data analysis techniques and an increased focus on community policing.