|Published:||Jul 16, 2010 6:30 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 16, 2010 3:29 PM EDT|
The Miami area became the epicenter of a multi-state Medicare fraud bust Friday that caught scammers in charge of a 251 million dollar ring.
Nearly 400 federal agents in Florida, Detroit, Houston, Baton Rouge and New York City are looking for as many as 96 suspects, including some nurses, doctors and clinic owners who may have masterminded the alleged Medicare billing scams.
The arrest warrants indicates the government has been overcharged for bogus physical therapy, HIV treatments as well as unnecessary wheel chairs and other equipment usage.
This morning US Attorney General Eric Holder and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, attending a Miami anti- fraud summit, were asked about the raids.
Nearly one-third of the fraud suspects indicted this week are from the Miami area and are accused of bilking nearly 140 million dollars annually through various scams and schemes.
The recent health care reform measures passed by the US Congress and signed by the President, are very dependant on clearing up an annual 60 to 90 billion dollars in estimated Medicare fraud cases.
The Justice Department has deployed strike force teams across the country that will focus solely on fighting fraud.
If you suspect fraud, call the agency's new fraud hotline. 1-800-HHS-TIPS or visit their website at: