WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal strike force has charged 91 people, including a hospital president, doctors and nurses, with Medicare fraud schemes in seven cities involving $429 million in false billings.
At a news conference Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the case reveals an alarming trend in criminal efforts to steal billions of taxpayer dollars for personal gain. Holder called the action one of the largest such law enforcement efforts of its kind.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that that in addition to the newly announced criminal charges, her agency used new authority under the Obama administration's health care law to stop future payments to many of the health care providers suspected of fraud.
The law enforcement effort focused on fraudulent Medicare schemes in Baton Rouge, La.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles and Miami.
In Houston, a federal indictment charged the president of an unnamed hospital with participating along with six other people in $158 million in fraudulent billings for community mental health services.
In Dallas, two doctors and two registered nurses were charged with participating in over $103 million in false billings. In Brooklyn, a doctor and four chiropractors allegedly participated in $23 million in false billings.
One Atlanta based law-firm says it has a reward for anyone with answers in an Edgar County Arson.
A new tuition plan for St. Patrick School will extend its in-parish tuition discount to all parishes in the Terre Haute Deanery.
Winter temperatures are here and continuing to drop! Wednesday was slated to be the coldest this year.
It's going to be the coldest night of the year. One thing to keep in mind - when the weather gets this cold, it can be dangerous to you.
A Terre Haute man found not guilty of manslaughter and guilty of battery.The jury handed down the verdict Wednesday afternoon.