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Medicare Fraud Strike Force Expands Operations Into Brooklyn, N.Y.; Tampa, Fla.; and Baton Rouge, La.
Date:12/15/2009

Continuing Strike Force Operations Lead to Indictment of 30 Individuals Charged in Miami, Detroit and Brooklyn with more than $61 Million in Fraudulent Billing to Medicare

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thirty people have been charged in three cities for their alleged roles in schemes to submit more than $61 million in false Medicare claims as part of the continuing operation of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division announced today. Also today, the Departments of Justice and HHS announced the expansion of Strike Force operations to Brooklyn, Tampa and Baton Rouge in the fifth, sixth and seventh phases of a targeted criminal, civil and administrative effort against individuals and health care companies that fraudulently bill the Medicare program.

Five indictments were unsealed today in Miami, Detroit and Brooklyn, following the arrests of twenty-five individuals in Miami, four individuals in Detroit and one in Brooklyn. In addition, Strike Force agents executed four search warrants at businesses and homes in Coconut Creek, Fla.; Miami and Brooklyn.

The joint DOJ-HHS Medicare Fraud Strike Force is a multi-agency team of federal, state and local investigators designed to combat Medicare fraud through the use of Medicare data analysis techniques and an increased focus on community policing. Strike Force teams are operating in seven cities in the United States: Miami, Los Angeles, Detroit, Houston, Brooklyn, Tampa and Baton Rouge.

"When President Obama took office, he promised a new commitment to cracking down on the criminals who steal billions of dollars from Medicare each year through fraudulent claims," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "Today, HHS and DOJ are following through on that commitment with the announcement of three new
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