29 charged with healthcare fraud

Friday, July 16, 2010 - 7:00pm

It's being called the biggest crackdown against Medicare fraud the area has ever seen. Almost three dozen medical professionals in the Capital City and surrounding area have been charged with scamming the healthcare system.

29 people are charged with trying to defraud the medicare program. State officials say they are medical professionals, including four doctors, 14 patient recruiters, and the owners of nine different medical service companies. They are supposed to look out for your best interest,  but these healthcare workers are charged with very unhealthy billing, as much as $32 million in fake Medicare claims.

"It drives us the cost of healthcare. They are trying to enrich themselves on the backs of our taxpayers. It's just not right," says US Attorney Don Cazayoux.

The bust comes after Baton Rouge was cited as a hotspot for the healthcare schemes. The Medicare Fraud Strike Force has been building the case since February. These indictments are part of a larger initiative across the country. Just today, 94 people in five different cities are charged with $251 million in false claims to the Medicare Program.

Check out the attached file for more information on the indictments.

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