Corporate Compliance

Medicare fraud efforts in Detroit have identified $120 million in fraudulent payments

Compliance Monitor, March 23, 2011

Since May 2009, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and HHS have charged 120 Detroit-area defendants for fraud schemes totaling approximately $120 million, according to a DOJ press release. Eight defendants have been convicted at trial and 63 have pleaded guilty.

Attorney General Eric Holder and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the figures during a regional healthcare fraud prevention summit in Detroit.

The summits are part of a larger effort on behalf of the Obama Administration to root out waste, fraud and abuse within the U.S. healthcare system. In addition to remarks by Holder and Sebelius, the summit featured three educational panels aimed at identifying best practices for providers, law enforcement, and beneficiaries in preventing healthcare fraud.

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