More Arrests Involving Medicare Fraud

Late last month federal authorities in a healthcare fraud strike force moved to shut down a massive Medicare fraud operation in Miami. Four people were arrested, two of whom were top officials at American Therapeutic Corporation, a leading chain of community mental health centers and charged them with Medicare fraud. It’s alleged the Miami company preyed on patients with severe dementia to bill $200 million for services it never delivered. American Therapeutic Corp is among the nation’s largest chain of community mental health centers licensed by Medicare.

The ATC case is part of an ongoing push by federal officials to crack down on widespread Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Since its inception in 2007, the strike force has indicted more than 825 individuals nationwide. According to Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, the ATC case was the largest fraudulent billing scheme ever prosecuted by the strike force.

These arrests come just one week after an Armenian-American crime group was charged in New York with operating phantom healthcare clinics that tried to cheat the federal program out up to $163 million, which US authorities claimed was the the largest Medicare fraud scheme ever perpetrated by a single criminal enterprise.

“”Medicare and Medicaid fraud are problems for our country’s health care system””, says attorney and partner Joel Androphy of Berg & Androphy. Criminal and civil sanctions are necessary.

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