Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) introduced its Most Wanted Fugitives List in an effort to shine a spotlight on individuals sought by authorities on charges of healthcare fraud and abuse. This list -- the first list of its kind published by the OIG -- encourages the public to assist in apprehending the OIG's most wanted fugitives.

The Most Wanted Fugitives List features photos and profiles of each fugitive and offers an online tip form and the OIG hotline number for reporting information. The current ten most wanted fugitives allegedly have cost taxpayers more than $124 million in fraud.

In the press release announcing the launch of the website, Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson stated "[w]ith our Most Wanted Fugitives List, OIG is asking the public's help in tracking down fugitives. The public has a stake in the fight against fraud, waste, and abuse."