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Federal authorities charged more than 100 doctors, nurses and physical therapists in nine cities with Medicare fraud as part of a bust that netted more suspects than any other in history. So far, 111 people have been arrested, accused of illegally billing medicare for more than $225 million.
"Every action taken by those defrauding the system.. effects the legitimate users ..all those people who were denied access. .raises the cost for everyone in the community," said
The local suspects arrested include a chiropractor and owners/operators of durable medical equipment providers across
Scammers "often utilize their ties to a particular community," said Roy. "They take advantage of ethnic communities based on language barriers or lack of knowledge about how the Medicare system works. These folks are exploiting low-income communities."