-- Covert Strike Force "Phase One" operations began in Miami-Dade
County, Florida in March 2007. Federal and state agents included
personnel from HHS-OIG, the FBI, City of Hialeah Police Department, and
the Florida Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Investigations have
concentrated on HIV/AIDS infusion therapy fraud and durable medical
-- Covert Strike Force "Phase Two" operations began in Los
Angeles County, California in March 2008. Federal and state agents
included personnel from HHS-OIG, the FBI, California Department of
Justice and Bureau of Medical Fraud and Elder Abuse, and the Los Angeles
County Health Authority Law Enforcement Task Force. Investigations to
date have focused on fraud involving durable medical equipment and
health care testing facilities.
-- As of May 20, 2008, Strike Force prosecutions include:
85 cases indicted and involving charges filed against 139 defendants who collectively billed the Medicare program nearly $440 million;
92 guilty pleas negotiated and eight jury trials litigated, winning guilty verdicts against 11 additional defendants;
Sentences to incarceration for 86 defendants, averaging 43 months of
-- Since March 2007 when the Strike Force began, Medicare claim submissions
dropped by $1.75 billion, and actual claims paid by Medicare decreased
by $334 million.
Some recent Strike Force prosecutions include:
-- On April 2, 2008,
|SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice|
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