The joint Department of Justice/Department of Health & Human Services Medicare Fraud Strike Force charged 111 defendants in nine cities, including doctors, nurses, health care company owners and executives, and others, for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving more than $225 million in false billing. Charges included conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program, criminal false claims, violations of the anti-kickback statutes, money laundering and aggravated identity theft. Services provided included home health care, physical and occupational therapy, nerve conduction tests, and the purchase of durable medical equipment.

The Strike Force is a multi-agency team of federal, state, and local investigators designed to combat Medicare fraud through the use of Medicare data analysis techniques and an increased focus on community policing. Since the task force was started in March 2007, 990 people have been charged in false billing schemes totaling more than $2.3 billion; nearly 750 of them have been convicted. In addition, the federal, state and local task force last year recovered $4 billion in fines and other restitution payments on behalf of taxpayers that had been lost to corruption. The Strike Force also announced the expansion of its operations to two additional cities – Dallas and Chicago. You can find more information here and here.