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

iciaries alike. The addition of Strike Force teams to Brooklyn, Tampa and Baton Rouge, based on extensive data analysis, expands law enforcement's combined efforts to combat health care fraud."

"Today's announcement reaffirms the FBI's commitment to working with our partners in the fight against health care fraud," said Kevin Perkins, Assistant Director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division. "We will continue to dedicate the resources necessary to root out the fraud and bring those perpetrating it to justice. This type of fraud is not victimless - we are all victims when our health care system is defrauded."

Since the inception of Strike Force operations in March 2007 -- Miami (Phase One), Los Angeles (Phase Two), Detroit (Phase Three), Houston (Phase Four), and Brooklyn (Phase Five) -- the Strike Force has obtained indictments of more than 460 individuals and organizations that collectively have falsely billed the Medicare program for more than one billion dollars. In addition, HHS's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the HHS-OIG, is taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers.

Each of the Strike Force teams is led by a federal prosecutor from the respective U.S. Attorneys' Office or the Criminal Division's Fraud Section. Each team has an agent from the FBI and HHS-OIG.

The cases are being prosecuted by Deputy Chief Kirk Ogrosky, Senior Trial Attorney John K. Neal, Trial Attorneys N. Nathan Dimock, Gejaa T. Gobena, Benjamin Singer, Katherine Houston, Michael Padula, and Special Trial Attorney Martha Talley of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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