By Mike Lillis - 07/16/10 02:43 PM EDT
Investigations by a Medicare fraud task force led to the arrests of 94 doctors and medical executives in five major cities, the White House announced Friday.
The providers and executives — based in Houston, Miami, Detroit, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Baton Rouge, La. — had attempted to defraud Medicare of $251 million, the administration said.
The charges include criminal false claims, anti-kickback violations and money laundering in sectors as diverse as home health, occupational therapy, durable medical equipment and HIV infusion. The arrests mark the largest Medicare fraud takedown since the Medicare fraud task force was launched in March 2007.
“Health care fraud is no longer a safe bet,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “The federal government is working aggressively — and collaboratively — to pursue health care criminals around the country and to bring these offenders to justice.”