Posted Oct 13, 2010 06:42 pm CDT
Developing: Perhaps 100 people have been arrested in California, Georgia, Ohio, New Mexico and New York, in a record-breaking Medicare fraud case that allegedly involved $100 million in bogus billings and the use of stolen doctor and patient identities.
“With 118 phantom clinics and over $100 million in bogus billings, this group of international gangsters allegedly ran a veritable fraud franchise,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of Manhattan in a written statement. “As charged, they stole taxpayer dollars earmarked for the elderly and infirm and got away with it, until now.”
The sweep announced today concerns an Armenian-American organized crime group, at least part of which is known as the Mirzoyan-Terdjanian Organization, reports the Wall Street Journal. Authorities say the group is headquartered in New York and Los Angeles.
The case is allegedly the largest Medicare fraud ever perpetrated by a single group which resulted in criminal charges.
More details are expected to be revealed in news conferences later today.
Related earlier coverage:
ABAJournal.com (July 2010): “94 Indicted, 36 Arrested This Morning in Record 5-State, $251M Medicare Fraud Bust”