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Thirteen Detroit-Area Individuals Arrested and Charged for $14.5 Million Medicare Fraud
Date:1/14/2010

he Anti-Kickback Statute carries a maximum prison sentence of five years and a fine of up to $25,000.  Each violation of 18 USC 1956 (money laundering) carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a maximum fine of $500,000.  Each violation of 18 USC 1957 (money laundering) carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

An indictment is merely a charge and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Chief Kirk Ogrosky, Senior Trial Attorney John Neal and Trial Attorney Gejaa Gobena of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section.  The case was investigated by the FBI and HHS-OIG.  This prosecution is the latest in the Medicare Fraud Strike Force's efforts in the Detroit area.  The Strike Force is supervised by the Criminal Division's Fraud Section and U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Since the inception of Strike Force operations in March 2007 - Miami (Phase One), Los Angeles (Phase Two), Detroit (Phase Three), Houston (Phase Four), Brooklyn (Phase Five), Tampa (Phase Six) and Baton Rouge (Phase Seven) - the Strike Force has obtained indictments of more than 475 individuals and organizations that collectively have billed the Medicare program for more than $1 billion.  In addition, HHS's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the
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