Feds make Medicare fraud arrests

February 18th, 2011 - 2:48 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Tampa, Feb 17 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The police have made several arrests after an investigation into Medicare fraud.

About 20 people including three doctors have been arrested in connection with the fraud. The police have charged all the 20 with conspiracy to defraud Medicare of $200 million.

At the heart of the scam is the largest chain of community mental health centers in the United States, American Therapeutic Corp. Investigators claim that the company and its sister subsidiaries faked several medications and care chart for therapy sessions in a bid to dupe the health insurance program.

Federal agents commenced investigations after an employee of the company alerted them of suspicious dealings. Four owners of the company along with top executives were indicted last October. The managers that were indicted were Lawrence Duran, Marianella Valera, Judith Negron and Margarita Acevedo.

All the 20 suspects that were rounded up were all connected with American Therapeutic Corp.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer told reporters that, “By exploiting positions of trust, these defendants masked their fraudulent operation as a legitimate mental health business. These charges are evidence that we will pursue Medicare cheats no matter their position.”

The Justice Department has indicted more than 850 people who billed the Medicare with more than $2.1 billion in claims since they began cleaning up the program.

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