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Houston considered major hub of Medicare fraud

In the latest incident of Medicare fraud, “patients” were collected at a McDonald’s near the downtown bus station in Houston. They were then offered 50 or 100 dollars and a free ride to an orthopedic clinic. Once they were there, all they had to do was report neck, back, or hip pain, or another vague complaint involving the joints.

During the third week of June, numerous individuals were charged with stealing $900 million in a nationwide Medicare scam. Almost two dozen business owners and medical professionals in the Houston area were charged with stealing $136 million.

U.S. Attorney General for the Southern District of Texas Ken Magidson said greed and easy money are factors contributing to the prevalence of such schemes. He noted, “The people who commit these crimes are not just defrauding the government of hundreds of millions of dollars, they are attacking the entire health system.”

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243 people arrested in the U.S. for Medicare fraud

National action against Medicare fraud has resulted in the arrests of 243 people, according to the acting United States Attorney John Kuhn, The Courier-Journal reported on June 20.

This number includes 46 health care professionals – doctors, nurses, and others – for their participation in fraud schemes that amounted to nearly $712 million in false billings.

One offense that a doctor was accused of was billing for muscle relaxant injections that were never used by patients. Kuhn estimated that 5-10% of the country’s healthcare spending is related to fraudulent claims.

When the government accuses you of fraud, you are likely facing serious consequences. In this situation, it is critical to your future and reputation that you secure the help of an experienced defense attorney who will work tirelessly on your behalf for the best possible result from your case. Call Ian Inglis Attorney at Law in Austin at (512) 472-1950 today to begin building a defense that challenges every aspect of the case against you.

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