US Attorneys Office: 10 charged for health care fraud, unlawfully dispensing drugs

US Attorneys Office: 10 charged for health care fraud, unlawfully dispensing drugs

US Attorneys Office: 10 charged for health care fraud, unlawfully dispensing drugs

"We've charged another 162 people, including 32 doctors, with illegal distribution of opioids - just opioids - so, this is the most doctors and the most medical personnel, unfortunately, and the most fraud that the Department of Justice has ever taken on in any single enforcement action", said the attorney general.

The Department of health and the U.S. Department of justice excites hundreds of criminal cases in the largest fraud scheme related to the opioid crisis in the country. Of those charged, 162 defendants, including 76 doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other unsafe narcotics.

While the Justice Department has been conducting investigations into some opioid manufacturers like OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, the cases stemming from the sweep did not focus on wrongdoing by major corporations.

In the Southern District of Florida, 124 people were charged with offenses relating to their participation in various fraud schemes involving more than $337 million in false billings for services including home health care and pharmacy fraud.

The charges announced today aggressively target schemes billing Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE (a health insurance program for members and veterans of the armed forces and their families) for medically unnecessary prescription drugs and compounded medications that often were never even purchased and/or distributed to beneficiaries. Kitco Metals Inc. and the author of this article do not accept culpability for losses and/ or damages arising from the use of this publication.

The defendants, located across 58 federal districts, include 165 physicians, nurses and other licensed medical professionals.

"Some of our most trusted medical officials, professionals, look at their patients, vulnerable people suffering from addiction, and they see dollar signs", Sessions said. That's why this Department of Justice has taken historic new steps to go after fraudsters, including hiring more prosecutors and leveraging the power of data analytics. "Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is committed to continuing to work with our federal partners to uncover waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid systems", said Stormy Kelly, Division Chief within the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of Texas Attorney General.

Those claims were then submitted to organizations such as Medicaid and Medicare for services that were never provided. Several face charges of unlawfully dispensing controlled substances, including Dr. Peter Steiner, a psychiatrist who operated Kentuckiana Mental Health Associates, who is accused of prescribing unnecessary drugs.

They were charged with health care fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to pay health care kickbacks, conspiracy to defraud the United States by obstructing the lawful functions of the Internal Revenue Service, and subscribing to a false and fraudulent tax return.

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