A nationwide law enforcement Medicare fraud crackdown in six cities has charged 91 people (including physicians and other healthcare professionals) with participating in various Medicare fraud schemes, including but not limited to, conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program, violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and money laundering.

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force investigations in Miami, Houston, Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, Brooklyn and Chicago uncovered roughly $264 Million Dollars in fraudulent billing claims, the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services and HHS Office of Inspector General officials announced at a Sept. 7, 2011 press conference.

HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, stated at the press conference that “(t)oday’s arrests are a powerful warning to those who would defraud taxpayers and Medicare beneficiaries.” This is the highest amount of false billings targeted in a single Medicare fraud crackdown since the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services joined together to form the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team in 2009.