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Remarks by Lanny A. Breuer, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, at the Medicare Fraud Strike Force Press Conference
Date:12/15/2009

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The following are the remarks by Lanny A. Breuer, Assistant Attorney General for the criminal division, at the Medicare Fraud Strike Force press conference:

Thank you, Secretary Sebelius. And thank you for the enormous effort everyone at HHS is putting into the HEAT initiative.

Together, our Departments have and will continue to accomplish significant and lasting results.

We've made tremendous progress in fighting Medicare fraud in South Florida, Los Angeles, Houston and Detroit using our Medicare Fraud Strike Force.

And now, we're putting even more pressure on these fraudsters by expanding the Strike Force to new high-fraud areas.

As Secretary Sebelius just announced, we are expanding operations to Tampa, Baton Rouge and Brooklyn, working with the U.S. Attorneys' Offices in each district to aggressively target the worst offenders.

While we continue to seek out high-fraud areas to target, we are also continuing our efforts in existing Strike Force locations to make sure we keep the pressure on the problem there, too.

Just this morning, agents from the HHS Office of the Inspector General and the FBI arrested 24 defendants in Miami, Detroit and New York. And yesterday, agents arrested four individuals in Miami.

These defendants are alleged to have participated in a variety of Medicare fraud schemes.

In Detroit, we allege that the defendants fraudulently billed Medicare for physical and occupational therapy as well as diagnostic testing.

In Miami, it is fraudulent HIV infusion clinics and the most recent trend - fraudulent billing related to home health care.

And here in New York, where we are just getting started, we've already seen fraud schemes involving durable medical equipment and diagnostic testing.

I'll let Ben tell you a little more about what the Strike Force
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