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Medicaid fraud is big business - 25 charged by feds

Facing a federal charge is a serious issue. Anyone who is facing these types of charges has the right to mount a vigorous criminal defense. There are a variety of reasons why a person might have federal charges levied against him or her, one of which is Medicare fraud. Clinton readers might be interested to hear about such a case that is happening in Washington DC.

Twenty-five people have been charged with Medicaid fraud. The defendants are administrators of home health care agencies and personal care aids that created phony Medicaid claims so they could collect the fees and finance their lavish lifestyles.

In D.C., Medicaid is the largest financial outlay. However, enrollment in the program, that is 70 percent funded by the federal government, has seen claims quadruple. For authorities, this is a sign that there is fraud involved and this prompted the investigation.

The 25 people are being charged in both District and federal court make up several different fraud rings. It has not been determined the exact amount the group defrauded the government and taxpayers, but one defendant collected at least $75 million in fraudulent claims. It is believed that part of the scheme included recruiters who would talk recipients into exaggerating their illnesses, file larger claims and pad timesheets to increase payments. During the investigation, authorities seized bank accounts, cars and one defendant's lavish home in Maryland.

These people are facing serious charges and gaining advice from an experienced legal professional is advised. Everyone has the right to present the best defense possible when their day in court arrives, and speaking with a legal professional can help ensure that happens.

Source: Washingtonian, "Federal Authorities Charge 25 People in DC Medicaid Fraud Scheme" Benjamin Freed, Feb. 21, 2014

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