53 Indicted on $50 Million Medicare Scam

The Justice Department unsealed criminal indictments against 53 people accused of perpetrating a massive Medicare scam that cost the federal government more than $50 million, according to the Washington Post.

Following the indictment, announced by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III in Washington Wednesday, suspects were arrested in Detroit, Denver and Miami.

Authorities filed criminal charges against patients, doctors, medical assistants and company owners who allegedly played complicit roles in the fraud schemes.

According to Detroit news outlet Local 4, the suspects would target the homeless population, and use their Social Security numbers and Medicare IDs. They would take that information to medical centers, who would bill the government program for treatments that were never performed and medicine that was never given.

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