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provider numbers, hired recruiters, and gave them cash to recruit patients to participate in the scheme. It is further alleged that they hired staff, such as medical billers and assistants, to give the appearance of legitimacy, and then paid the patients cash kickbacks to sign forms saying they had received treatments that in fact were medically unnecessary and, oftentimes, were never provided.

The vast majority of doctors, patients, and medical companies do the right thing and work with the Medicare program to provide access to medical services. I just want to say to those of you who work diligently and ethically to provide medical care through the Medicare program, we will work with you to root out the few who corrupt the system and taint the good reputations of health professionals everywhere.

The Medicare Fraud Strike Forces now operating in South Florida, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Houston are perfect examples of how federal, state, and local law enforcement working together can strike back against crime in our communities. These strike forces analyze Medicare data to identify hot spots of unexplained high-billing levels in concentrated areas. Teams of federal, state, and local investigators then work together to investigate fraudulent activity, and where appropriate, to bring criminal and civil cases against the most serious perpetrators. Our goal is to bring these cases as quickly and responsibly as possible once the fraud is identified to assure that viral fraud schemes do not spread between regions within our country.

In fact, 10 of the defendants named in the indictments unsealed today are alleged to have brought their fraud schemes from Miami to Detroit. Strike force operations in Miami have seen instances of fraud spread quickly through communities in that area. After we arrested and charged criminals in Miami, their cohorts simply moved their schemes to Detroit. It is this very type of cross-regional s
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