United States authorities have charged 107 people, including doctors and nurses, for trying to defraud the federal Medicare health care program for the elderly and disabled of about $452 million, the biggest Medicare fraud sweep to date, the Obama administration said Wednesday. At least 91 people were arrested in Miami; Houston; Baton Rouge, La.; and four other cities on a variety of charges, from submitting false billing for home health care, mental health services, H.I.V. infusions and physical therapy to money laundering and receiving kickbacks. Justice Department and Health and Human Services Department officials were unable to say how much Medicare actually paid out, but a review of 34 complaints and indictments found that the authorities were seeking to recover at least $59.5 million.
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Source: The New York Times