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Justice Dept. charges 94 people with health-care fraud

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Justice Department correspondent Jerry Markon:

The Justice Department stepped up its crackdown on health care fraud on Friday, announcing charges against 94 people in what authorities called the largest coordinated series of federal health care fraud cases in U.S. history.
Federal agents fanned out across five states to arrest defendants accused of bilking the Medicare system out of more than $251 million through false claims for services that were medically unnecessary or never provided. Among those charged, officials said, are doctors and health care company owners and executives.
In one alleged $70 million scheme operated out of a Brooklyn, N.Y., clinic, more than 1,000 cash kickbacks were paid to Medicare beneficiaries out of a designated "kickback room," Lanny A. Breuer, assistant attorney general for Justice's criminal division, said at a news conference. An undercover investigation showed that beneficiaries lined up to receive illegal payments near a sign showing a woman with her finger to her lips warning in Russian, "Don't Gossip," Breuer said.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | July 16, 2010; 2:36 PM ET
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