Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice (DOJ) remained rather silent in its first few months. Anyhow, that’s changing now.
On Thursday, Sessions stated that the DOJ accused over 400 people, including 56 doctors, of healthcare fraud, harming taxpayers for over a billion dollars.
“Too many trusted medical professionals like doctors, nurses, and pharmacists have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients,” Sessions stated in Washington, D.C. “Amazingly, some have made their practices into multimillion dollar criminal enterprises. They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed.”
Over 100 of the 416 defendants are charged with opioid scams in the largest such fraud in U.S history, he said.
He said that 295 doctors are being suspended or excluded from federal health programs because of the charges.
Six doctors are accused of prescribing needless opioids in Michigan and billing Medicare for $164 million in false claims, Sessions stated.
Another deceitful rehabilitation facility in Florida reportedly sent a bill to the government for $58 million for false tests and treatments, he said. That same facility is accused of attracting addicts with gift cards, strip club visits and drugs.
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